Zero-Emission Bus Benefits
Zero-Emission Buses will benefit the region by:
Lowering SEPTA’s emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. This aligns with climate goals from the State of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, and others.
Decreasing SEPTA’s emissions of local air pollutants, such as Nitric Oxide (NOx) and fine particulate matter, that cause heart and lung disease. These emissions currently have disproportionate impacts on communities of color and low-income areas in the region.
Reducing noise compared to diesel and hybrid buses. Noise pollution impacts the health and well-being of humans and wildlife.
The positive impact of these benefits will be broadly shared as bus service makes up the majority of SEPTA’s operations, serving a large portion of the region.
How will we prioritize clean air benefits?
SEPTA’s ZEB fleet conversion plan will include equity considerations to prioritize communities that may face disproportionate pollution burdens.
Deployment of ZEBs in each of SEPTA’s bus districts will prioritize benefits to low-income areas and communities of color in the region, using geographic analysis of where these communities are in relation to bus routes and bus districts.
Schedule considerations will also be made to ensure battery sizes and the location of charging infrastructure will provide for necessary service operations.