Frm the Environmenatl Defenders of McHenry County:
Update on Electrifying Pace – A HUGE WIN!
After years of advocacy, and with the help of more than 800 signatories, Pace agreed to suspend the purchase of additional diesel buses in 2021 and 2022.
On September 15, Pace announced a commitment to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by 2040 in their strategic plan.
The revised Strategic Plan, “Driving Innovation,” is a huge shift from previous versions of the plan and showcases the power of grassroots advocacy.
In another huge win, Pace said they are firmly committed to ceasing the purchase of new diesel buses.
They also announced a $10 million plan to pilot electric bus infrastructure and bus purchases in Waukegan beginning in 2022 with a commitment to spend $50 million on electric buses over the next 5 years and to fully electrify the Waukegan fleet by 2026.
Their 2022-2026 capital budget includes the purchase of 52 electric buses, maintains and expands public transit service, and invests millions in charging infrastructure and equipment to facilitate electrification.
Although the purchase of additional CNG buses and the CNG garage expansion still supports fossil fuel investments with public tax dollars, they have taken a step in the right direction.