Montreal to add 300 hybrid buses to its fleet in 2020

via CBC

Montreal public transit users can expect to see more hybrid buses out on the road by the end of 2020.

Mayor Valérie Plante announced Tuesday the city will be adding 300 hybrid buses by December 2020, which would bring the Société de transport de Montréal's (STM) fleet up to 2,107. 

It was one of the key promises made by Plante during her campaign in a bid to tackle transit problems within the city. The announcement comes one day before Plante will table her administration's first budget.

Plante said public transit users will benefit from more efficient bus service as a result of the new buses.

"We know it will encourage public transit," she said at the announcement. "We'll see an increase of 15 per cent for public transit use, which is huge."

Montreal and the Quebec government will jointly fund the project and will launch an open call for tenders.

They have not released a cost estimate, but Projet Montréal had pegged the total at $225 million when it made the promise during Plante's campaign.