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Funding announced for electric bus pilot project for Brampton and York Region


BRAMPTON, ON – The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, announced today funding for a new pilot project to test electric battery-powered buses in Brampton and York Region. The announcement was made at the York Region Administrative Centre in Newmarket.

Brampton Transit, in partnership with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), acted as lead transit agency in the planning and execution of this trial since 2015. This national trial is a global first-of-its-kind consortium-based project.

By 2019, Brampton will have the single largest global deployment of standardized and fully interoperable battery electric buses and high powered overhead on-route charging systems; with eight electric buses (six by New Flyer Industries, and two by Nova Bus) and four charging systems (three by ABB Group and one by Siemens).

Brampton Transit is committed to promoting new and innovative solutions to providing a high-quality service that reduces the City’s overall carbon footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Brampton Transit currently operates 422 buses in its fleet, including 110 Züm bus rapid transit vehicles. Züm buses are diesel-hybrid electric delivering a reduction of approximately 3,500 tonnes of GHG per year when compared to full diesel.

In 2017, Brampton Transit’s ridership increased by 18% over the previous year and based on its growth, the fleet is expected to surpass 800 vehicles by 2031. 


Quotes:

“Brampton Transit continues to promote new and innovative solutions to providing a high-quality service that reduces the City’s overall carbon footprint and GHG emissions. As Brampton sits along Canada’s Innovation Super Corridor, our well-connected transit network and a sustainable fleet is important in moving people more effectively across the GTHA. The new e-buses are a testament that the City of Brampton is Future Ready.”
Mayor Linda Jeffrey

“Brampton Transit has introduced a number of new technologies and initiatives over the past several years in order to offer exceptional service to our riders. This is another project where we are proud to be testing new, innovative technologies to not only improve on our environmental footprint, but also expand on our efforts to be one of Canada’s leading transit providers. We are proud to be a leader in this project since day one, and are excited to see it move forward.”
Alex Milojevic, General Manager, Brampton Transit

 
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