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Calgary chooses Burns & McDonnell for electric bus charging infrastructure

DCN-JOC News Services
Calgary chooses Burns & McDonnell for electric bus charging infrastructure

CALGARY—The City of Calgary has selected global engineering, architecture and construction firm Burns & McDonnell to provide charging infrastructure design and construction for Calgary Transit’s electric bus pilot project.

The firm was selected in early November 2021 to specify, design and install electrical charging infrastructure in Calgary Transit’s Spring Gardens garage, which opened in 1975. The depot will charge the pilot project’s 14 fully electric buses, with capacity to expand to 28 electric buses in the future.

“Canada’s commitment to achieving net-zero by 2050 will depend on strong steps to curb emissions across all sectors, including the municipalities. The city is committed to evaluating and incorporating fully electric, electric hybrid and other low-carbon vehicle technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to apply our integrated, multidisciplinary approach to developing a sustainable solution with broad benefits for the community — and one that many other Canadian communities may look to emulate,” Burns & McDonnell Canada operations manager Darcy Wagner said in a statement.

The electric bus pilot project will test electric bus technology and evaluate the operational, economic and environmental benefits of using electric buses within its system. Burns & McDonnell will provide integrated engineering, procurement and construction of the pilot’s charging infrastructure, which is targeted for completion and operations in fall 2022.

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