TriMet announces it'll start using renewable electricity for its MAX trains, electric buses, and facilities which will reduce its carbon footprint 25%.
TriMet expects to avoid more than 54 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions in a years’ time. That’s the equivalent of taking more than 5,300 cars off the road.
“At TriMet, we’re part of the solution to climate change, reducing the region’s carbon emissions through providing quality transit service and by taking important steps, such as supporting 100% renewable energy, that reduce our own carbon footprint,” said TriMet interim General Manager Sam Desue, Jr. “It’s a win-win for our environment.”
“To achieve our climate goals, it will take all of us working together,” said Portland General Electric President and CEO Maria Pope. “TriMet’s transition to renewable power for their facilities, the MAX system and electric buses is just the kind of leadership and partnership required to create the clean energy future Oregonians want.”
“Innovation around transportation electrification is picking up speed across Oregon,” said Pacific Power Vice President of Regulation, Customer and Community Solutions Etta Lockey. “Together, we are building infrastructure and programs that help cut vehicle emissions while supporting carbon reduction goals set by TriMet and other forward-thinking community partners. This work is giving communities across the state greater access to electric transportation.”
“Powering light rail and buses with 100% renewable energy is a big move as TriMet drives faster to an electric transit future,” said Climate Solutions’ Oregon Director Meredith Connolly. “All of us who ride and live in the community can breathe a bit easier as TriMet accelerates the transition off fossil fuels.”
The change will cause TriMet's costs to increase 4%.
TriMet plans to convert its fleet of diesel buses to zero emissions by 2040. They currently have several electric buses and will add five more to the fleet this year.