The city of La Crosse is aiming for independence from fossil fuels over the next 30 years, and part of that campaign includes putting electric buses on city streets.
The MTU recently acquired two electric buses, and Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes came to the city on Thursday to see the buses and talk about the state’s goals for reducing traditional auto use.
“The fact is, if we can reduce the burden, if we can get more people going the same place or going in similar directions on buses, on foot, on bike, we save our roads a lot of stress,” said Barnes, while visiting the MTU barn on Isle La Plume.
“We want to build healthier, safer, more accessible communities, and greener communities, and this is the path forward,” said the lieutenant governor. “And we want to be as helpful as possible with the resources that we’re able to be able to divvy up across the state.”
Earlier this year, the city approved two hybrid buses for the MTU, that can operate with gas or electric fuel. Transit director Adam Lorentz expects the MTU to get 10 new buses over the next 18 months.