York Region to get zero-emission buses

Ottawa has announced an investment of $76 million to help York Region, just north of Toronto, build an electric bus fleet and reach net-zero by 2050.

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Through the funding, York Region will get 180 zero-emission buses, 91 battery electric chargers, and 14 on-route chargers. Provided through the federal government’s Zero Emission Transit Fund, these electric buses will be an innovative, zero-emission transit option. Once in service, the 180 buses are expected to reduce emissions by approximately 15,982 tonnes annually – the equivalent of taking 4,000 vehicles off our roads.

York Region’s three existing transit facilities that will house the zero-emission buses will also be upgraded with solar power and battery energy storage systems, further reducing emissions and growing clean-energy alternatives.

“Access to safe and efficient transportation options continues to be a top priority for York Regional Council and the more than 1.25 million residents who call our communities home,” said Wayne Emmerson, chairman and chief executive officer of the Regional Municipality of York. “With the support of the Government of Canada and the Canada Infrastructure Bank, we are able to further increase access to public transit in a way that supports the Council’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

The project is supported by a $136 million loan announced last year by the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Together, this will help York Region reduce emissions and offer a clean, reliable, and affordable transit option to the more than 1.25 million people who call the community home, the federal government said in a release.