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‘Electric School Buses Enhance Education in the Bay Area’

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Electric School Buses: A Sustainable Solution for Cleaner Air and Healthier Students

The shift towards electric school buses is gaining momentum in California, with a focus on reducing emissions and promoting the well-being of students and bus drivers. Matthew Belasco from Pittsburg Unified was an early advocate for this transition, recognizing the negative impact of diesel emissions on student health. His efforts in 2018 paved the way for other districts in the Bay Area to follow suit, integrating electric buses into their fleets.

Governor Gavin Newsom further supported this movement by signing legislation that mandates all new school buses purchased after 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles. This reflects a broader commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality, particularly important for children who are more vulnerable to air pollution due to their developing lungs and immune systems.

While there are challenges to adopting electric buses, such as limited range and infrastructure issues during power outages, districts are optimistic about finding solutions. Despite supply chain delays and high upfront costs, state funding initiatives aim to assist schools in transitioning to greener transportation options.

In addition to the environmental benefits, electric buses offer a quieter and smoother ride experience for students and drivers. As technology continues to advance and investments in sustainable transportation grow, electric school buses represent a promising step towards creating healthier communities and a cleaner future.

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