City to spend more than $100 million to electrify bus fleet with some help from province, feds

via Guelph Today

The provincial and federal governments will pay lass than half of the cost of the projects announced Thursday

Funding has been committed by all levels of government to convert most of the City of Guelph’s bus fleet from diesel to electric, with the city’s share of the projects coming in at just over $100 million.

TransLink’s RapidBus service launches

via Vancouver Courier

Vancouver transit commuters take note — TransLink’s new rapid bus service is set to launch Monday.

RapidBus, which the transit authority says is part of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation’s 10-Year vision, promises faster trips and less waiting on several routes around the region, including the new R4 41st Ave. (Joyce Station/UBC) and the R5 Hastings St. (Burrard Station/SFU) routes in Vancouver.

London could become the first city in the world to have an electric BRT system

via Global News

In a symbolic move, London city councillors have voted to endorse in principle an electric bus rapid transit system. 

The motion passed 9 to 5 at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting on Monday and will head to full council for an official vote to endorse the plan in principle.

40 electric buses coming to Montreal, Laval public transit networks

via CBC

A total of 40 electric, slow-charging buses are expected to hit Laval and Montreal roads by 2020.

The buses fall under a $43.2 million contract that was awarded to Winnipeg-based company New Flyer Industries Canada, which will begin manufacturing the buses this coming spring.

"To date, this is the largest firm order for electric buses in Canada," a joint statement from the two municipal public transport agencies says.

The Other Electric Bus

By Nicolas Pocard, Director Marketing, Ballard Power Systems

Across the world, electric buses are providing a smooth and quiet passenger experience with zero emissions at the tailpipe. As governments and cities take the lead in placing increasingly strict regulations and restrictions on internal combustion engines, transit agencies and operators are looking at electric buses as the best option to transition their fleets to zero emissions, without affecting service levels..

Natural Gas Buses – A Cost, Operational and Environmental Alternative

By: Raleigh Gerber, Corporate Communications Manager

More Canadian cities are transitioning their public transportation fleets away from diesel-powered buses and opting for transit vehicles fueled by natural gas, a trend that is gaining momentum across North America and worldwide. This is due in part to government regulations that mandate a reduction in nitrogen oxide and greenhouse gas emissions that harm air quality, as well as a heightened sense of awareness about the health threats caused by local and toxic diesel particulate emissions.

How Canada can catch up in implementing electric buses

Letenda is an innovative Quebec-based company that develops and markets a 30-foot urban bus, known as the midibus, specifically designed for electric propulsion.

Canada is moving toward a future driven by clean energy. This is reflected in the growth in the number of sustainable transportation projects emerging across the country. However, the adoption of electric buses appears to be slower than in the United States.

The Power of Battery-Electric Propulsion

By: David Warren, Director of Sustainable Transportation, New Flyer

With increased focus on sustainability to protect the environment and preserve resources, the demand for zero-emission, battery-electric buses (BEBs) is rapidly increasing across North America. While California leads North America in deployments funded in part through “Cap and Trade” initiatives (a market based environmental regulation), Canadian deployments are expanding from east to west with major trials starting in Toronto and Vancouver.