Did You Know?

Public transit users take 30 percent more steps and spend roughly eight more minutes walking each day than drivers.

Join a virtual town hall on CTA bus electrification

47th Ward Ald. Matt Martin and 1st Ward Ald. Daniel LaSpata are teaming to host a virtual discussion on Chicago’s progress toward electrifying its bus fleet.

The event, which is open to the public, takes place on Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Staff from Chicago Transit Authority will provide an update on the agency’s electrification plans and answer questions from the council members and attendees.

In 2019, the Chicago City Council approved a resolution to support transitioning CTA’s bus fleet to 100 percent electric by 2040.

As we work to address the climate emergency, it’s important that we continue to hold our government institutions accountable to setting and meeting ambitious goals that meet the scope and urgency of this crisis. Addressing transportation emissions is a key part of the solution.

Public transit is fundamentally a net positive for the environment. To meet our climate goals, we need more people riding buses and trains operated by CTA, Pace, and Metra.

Those vehicles also must be as clean as possible to limit further harm to our communities’ air quality and physical health, particularly in the most polluted, highest-need areas.