Pace, the suburban Chicago transit agency, has proposed purchasing 125 additional Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and 78 new diesel buses in its capital budget. However, their budget includes NO orders for electric buses! If purchased, these fossil fuel-powered buses will be on Illinois roads for the next 12 to 15 years! A Pace Board meeting is being held on July 21, The DuPage Clean Energy Coalition is asking people to take action by July 19.
- Sierra Club Illinois has set up a Pace action page where you can sign on telling Pace that purchases of diesel buses are not acceptable and that electric buses are the right choice, environmentally and economically.
- Email your Pace Board member by July 13 to ask that they purchase electric buses instead of diesel. (Thomas D. Marcucci, former mayor of Elmhurst, represents DuPage County. You can email him at BoD@PaceBus.com.) If you are also willing to meet with your Board member, please contact Connie Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.Here’s a copy of DCEC’s email with a sample script.