GUELPH, ONT. — Representatives of three levels of government were on hand in Guelph, Ont. Jan. 16 to announce $177 million in funding that will help electrify the city’s transit system.
One of the projects announced is the construction of a new bus storage facility that will store up to 200 vehicles and include electric charging stations for the electrified new bus fleet, stated a release.
The transit operator will also replace 35 diesel buses with long-range electric battery buses.
There will be on-route charging stations installed and 30 more electric buses purchased.
The Government of Canada is spending $40 million on this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
The Government of Ontario is providing over $33 million, while the municipal government’s share will be $104 million.
“Adding electric buses to Guelph’s growing fleet is an excellent example of how we are working with our partners to build resilient infrastructure that meets community needs and supports a low carbon future for Canadians,” commented federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna in the release.
Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott added, “These projects will protect the environment, reduce congestion, improve commutes, connect neighbourhoods and businesses, and connect people to jobs.”