President praises Madison’s bus system

While speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week, President Joe Biden spoke glowingly about Madison’s purchase of electric buses for its Bus Rapid Transit system as an example of cities working to combat climate change, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

“Like in Madison, Wisconsin, where Mayor (Satya) Rhodes-Conway is buying 46 electric buses, replacing those dirty diesels … It’s a big deal,” Biden said.

Madison is planning to use $41.6 million in federal funding to buy 27 electric buses, more than half the funding needed for an all-electric Bus Rapid Transit fleet.

“I am delighted that the president recognized Madison as a national leader on climate action and reducing harmful greenhouse gases,” Rhodes-Conway said in a statement. “We couldn’t do it without the strong partnership of the White House and the federal Department of Transportation.”

Rhodes-Conway, who attended the mayors’ conference, is the national chair of U.S. Climate Mayors, a group of more than 500 mayors trying to accelerate climate action across the country.

The city said electric buses are expected to conserve nearly a quarter million gallons of fuel annually.