AFT among supporters of legislation investing $25B in electric school buses

A bill set to be introduced April 21 would invest $25 billion in electric school buses, covering the purchase of the vehicles as well as the cost for charging stations and training workers, reports Associated Press writer Hope Yen.

“Transitioning our school bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles is an essential aspect of building equitable, sustainable infrastructure and is a wise investment in our children, our environment and our future,” said California Sen. Alex Padilla, one of the bill’s sponsors.

“Public schools are huge consumers of mass transit, and the challenge of getting students to school buildings in a more green, efficient way is one we must tackle immediately,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “By investing in zero-emission school buses, we can create cleaner, healthier and more sustainable school communities where our children don’t just survive but actually thrive.”

Read Yen’s full story here.