Sustainable transit is the solution to climate change, not electric vehicles - Chicago Policy Review
By MEHUL GUPTA
In the past two years, the Biden Administration has enacted major policies to increase the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $7.5 billion to develop and improve domestic EV charging infrastructure and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) updates existing EV subsidies and manufacturing requirements. While these initiatives are a step in the right direction to combat climate change, they are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, sustainable mass transit should be the central U.S. transportation policy solution to fight climate change. Unlike investments in EVs, investments in sustainable transit solutions like light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) can reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing car-centrism and improving public transit access.