City Plans to ‘Electrify’ DASH
Los Angeles Downtown News
November 20, 2017
DTLA – City leaders are trying to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, including by reforming trash service and incentivizing alternative energy technologies such as solar power.
Part of the solution now includes tweaking Downtown’s DASH bus service. The City Council recently voted to pursue a full overhaul of the 350-bus transit fleet to electric vehicles by 2030, if not sooner. The motion from Councilman José Huizar, whose 14th District covers most of Downtown Los Angeles, was approved on Nov. 8. “The urgency of air pollution and the climate crisis demands that the city continue to pursue the cleanest technologies available and to shift wherever possible to zero-emission technology,” Huizar wrote. An amendment to the motion added that the city should consider “electrifying” the DASH fleet sooner, by 2025, and manufacture the buses locally. The city Department of Transportation has had initial successes in testing electric buses, according to Huizar, and a switch is consistent with other regional plans, including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s own goal to transition to electric buses by 2030.
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