BALTIMORE, MD (December 21, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is launching a transition plan to move to a zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet as older, diesel-fueled and hybrid buses reach the end of their useful life. The incremental approach will include facility updates, and is designed to meet the requirements of Maryland’s new Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act, which mandates all new buses procured for the state’s transit fleet be emission-free beginning in 2023.
“We’re proud to continue our commitment to sustainability and reduce the agency’s carbon footprint,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Holly Arnold. “Zero emission buses are a win-win for the citizens of Maryland who get to enjoy cleaner air while knowing their transit agency is doing its part to address climate change.”
Per targets identified in the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan and guided by the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan by the Maryland Department of the Environment, MDOT MTA has established several overall goals in undertaking the transition to a ZEB fleet. The agency has committed to converting 50% of its bus fleet to zero-emission by 2030 while seamlessly providing reliable, efficient service throughout the transition and beyond.
Transitioning to zero-emission buses will improve the region’s overall air quality while providing passengers with a comfortable ride. MDOT MTA calculations project that about 500 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions will be avoided through use of electric buses instead of diesel buses in the years between 2025-2030. Noise pollution also will be reduced.
Transit Choices has long been an advocate for the conversion of MDOT MTA’s bus fleet to clean, efficient, zero-emissions buses. We applaud MDOT Secretary Greg Slater, and MDOT MTA Administrator Holly Arnold, for their commitment to launch a phased plan using technology and innovation to improve service, operations, connectivity and the rider experience. Zero-emission buses serve that mission, and will also advance Maryland’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.