Decarbonizing San Francisco’s Transit System – Next Generation Trolleybuses

Image includes webinar title: Decarbonizing San Francisco's Transit System - Next Generation Trolleybuses on Tuesday, July 25th from 10am to 11am Pacific Time. Logos of sponsoring organizations are included and an image of a street intersection with trolleybuses is in the background.

Tuesday, July 23, 2023 | 10:00am Pacific | Virtual | Registration Link

Hosts: Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative or (SC)2 and Climate and Community Project.

Electrifying and expanding transit infrastructure will be crucial to meeting climate goals. In San Francisco, the city has operated electrified trolleybuses for over 85 years and this transit technology could be crucial to its decarbonization strategy. According to a new report, leveraging San Francisco’s existing trolleybus infrastructure and updating it with next-generation In-Motion Charging (IMC) technology is the cheaper, more resource-efficient, and faster way to electrify and decarbonize its fleet in comparison to battery electric buses. Join labor union representatives, researchers, and advocates as they explore how cutting-edge trolleybus technology could play a central role in San Francisco’s electrification goals, while providing stable service and good, union jobs. This study’s implications go far beyond San Francisco. Beginning in 2029 100% of new purchases by California’s transit agencies must be zero emissions with a goal for full transition by 2040, and cities across the world are considering employing next generation trolleybus systems in their own decarbonization plans.


John Doherty – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6

Andres Emiro Diez Restrepo – Universidad Pontificía Bolivariana

Natalia Ortiz – Metro Medellín

Matt Haugen – Climate and Community Project

Martin Wright – Trolleybus Advocate

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