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LA Metro is switching to electric buses. Now everyone else could too.

This Foothill Transit electric bus is one of just 132 in the state. By 2040, there could be more than 14,000.
This Foothill Transit electric bus is one of just 132 in the state. By 2040, there could be more than 14,000.
Felicia Friesema

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There are only 132 electric buses right now in California, but by 2040, there could be more than 14,000.

Already, many of the big transit agencies  — LA Metro, LADOT, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Foothill Transit — have committed to getting rid of fossil-fuel powered buses by 2030. Now, a new state rule could require all other bus agencies to do the same by 2040.

That means smaller bus agencies that do not have electric buses yet, from counties like Ventura and Riverside, to small cities like Culver City and Palos Verdes, will have to begin buying electric buses exclusively in less than 10 years.

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This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.