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REGION’S MAJOR AIRPORTS HIT 50-PERCENT ELECTRIC SHUTTLE BUS GOAL WITH ADDITION OF LAGUARDIA FLEET

Date: Jul 29, 2019
Press Release Number: 123-2019

A total of 18 electric buses are now in service at JFK, EWR and LGA, completing first phase of program as Port Authority continues aggressive sustainability efforts

With the recent addition of six all electric shuttle buses at LaGuardia Airport, the Port Authority announced today that 50 percent of its shuttle bus fleet at the agency’s three major regional airports are now operating with electric power, meeting a key objective of the agency’s “Clean Dozen” sustainability program and reaffirming its October 2018 embrace of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The addition of the LaGuardia fleet follows a similar rollout at John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports. The 18 buses make up 50 percent of the full daily shuttle fleet being converted from diesel to electric power, with the Port Authority now targeting mid-2020 for a 100-percent electric shuttle bus fleet. New charging stations to power this first phase of electric bus deployment are being installed at each airport.

"The Port Authority continues to make sustainability a top priority, and we will continue to set and meet aggressive goals that promote smart investments and reduce the environmental impact on local communities across the region,” said Board Chairman Kevin O'Toole.

"The conversion to all-electric airport shuttle buses is running ahead of schedule – a testament to our commitment to reducing GHG emissions across all of our facilities," said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. "The Port Authority continues to push for results that will make the spirit of the Paris agreement a reality for the agency and our customers."

“The addition of new electric shuttle buses at LaGuardia advances our GHG reduction goals and improves local air quality for our neighbors and airport workers,” said Christine Weydig, director of the agency’s Office of Environmental and Energy Programs. “We are proud that the Port Authority’s fleet electrification commitments are catalyzing the market for cleaner vehicles, which will have an impact well beyond the region.”

The first phase of the program will save approximately 269 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel per airport each year, and improve local air quality by removing about 2,000 pounds of nitrous oxide and 150 pounds of particulate matter from the air annually. The battery-operated, 40-foot buses have an estimated range of about 250 miles per charge, with each charge taking less than four hours.

The electric bus program is a key component of the Port Authority's Clean Dozen environmental and sustainability agenda, designed to meet the goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent by 2025, and advancing its long-term goal of an 80-percent reduction of all emissions by 2050. The initiatives were rolled out in October when the Port Authority Board of Commissioners committed to the Paris Climate Agreement, becoming the first public transportation agency in the United States to do so.

The initiatives cover seven specific areas of sustainability and environmental action across the agency: clean electric vehicles; energy efficiency; solar and renewable energy programs; building "green" facilities; clean ship practices for ocean-going vessels; offshore wind; and partnering to combat climate change.

For more information on these sustainability priorities and programs, and the Port Authority's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, go to: http://www.panynj.gov/about/paris-climate-agreement.html

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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