FTA kicks off sustainable transit challenge

June 18, 2021
The FTA Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge promotes actions and investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transit agencies.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) launched its Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge on June 15.

The challenge will encourage agencies to develop plans that will cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The challenge is designed to support President Joe Biden’s goal for the U.S. to reduce economy-wide net GHG pollution by 50-52 percent from 2005 levels.

FTA notes the transportation sector accounts for 29 percent of 2019 GHG emissions and transit plays a role in reducing GHG emissions in communities through transportation and land use efficiencies. FTA offers the example that one percent of the nation’s bus fleet was hybrid-electric in 2005; in 2019, the most recent year full data is available, 18 percent of the fleet was hybrid-electric.

Transit agencies that wish to participate in the challenge can commit through the FTA’s website. The requirements for the challenge are to develop a climate action or sustainability plan that details GHG reduction strategies and to submit this plan to FTA by April 22, 2022, which is Earth Day.

FTA encourages agencies of all sizes to participate. The administration plans to provide technical assistance to those agencies that commit to the challenge throughout 2021 and early 2022.

FTA says it will showcase the impact of the challenge on Earth Day 2022.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.