White House holds roundtable on clean buses

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The White House recently held a roundtable on clean bus manufacturing that focused on U.S. capacity to manufacture clean transit buses at a scale and pace that can meet market demand and achieve nationwide climate and equity goals.

The roundtable was held in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration and the American Public Transportation Association.

Organizations in attendance included Chicago Transit Authority, GILLIG, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, National Economic Council, New Flyer Industries, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, White House Climate Policy Office, and White House Infrastructure Implementation Team and Center for Transportation and the Environment.

Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter, Jr. and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) President Richard Davey co-chaired a national task force on U.S. bus manufacturing. Carter and Davey presented recommendations for strengthening bus manufacturing in the United States.

“As the number of domestic bus manufacturers continues to decline, the nation’s public transit agencies’ need for buses, especially zero-emissions buses, continues to grow—an untenable circumstance that we are working to address,” Carter said. “Our final recommendations will offer ideas that confront the issues manufacturers find most challenging and reduce obstacles to increased zero-emission bus production.”

Both transit authorities have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.