Burlington joins with London to reduce costs of launching electric bus fleet

Published July 25, 2023 at 6:50 pm

Similar to this one in Brampton, Burlington may have electric buses on city streets by 2024.

Burlington has teamed up with another Ontario city to assist with the transition from fuel-based to a fleet of electric buses.

The program will match Burlington with London as the first partners in the Canadian Urban Transit Zero Emission Bus Joint Procurement Initiative (CUTZEB) meant to assist with the costs associated with the transition.

It is expected that together, the two cities will be able to save money through bulk purchases of electric buses along with the parts and equipment needed to maintain the vehicles as well as the necessary infrastructure to keep the transit systems operational.

The CUTZEB program is part of a larger initiative with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) that assists in zero-emission bus efforts through federal government funding.

CUTZEB plans to solicit bids from vendors that manufacture the electric buses and supporting equipment, Burlington and London will then have the option to purchase.

Burlington Transit is planning to initially buy four electric buses and the necessary infrastructure to replace diesel buses that are due to be retired. The new buses could be on the road in 2024.

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