Federal funding will help Burlington move towards electric buses

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Published August 11, 2023 at 1:14 pm

At the federal funding announcement were, from left, Josipa Petrunic, Pesident and CEO of CUTRIC, Catherine Baldelli, Director of Burlington Transit, Karina Gould, Burlington MP, and Burlington Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan.

The electrification of Burlington’s bus fleet took another step towards fruition today with an investment from the federal government.

Today, Aug. 11, Burlington MP Karina Gould announced a joint investment of $462,500 to support planning activities for the City’s transition to zero-emission buses.

“Cities like Burlington are taking strong climate action while supporting the transit needs of our community, said Gould, who made the announcement on behalf of Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.

“The federal government is working closely with cities and industry partners to support a green transition to zero emission buses. Together, we will address our common climate goals.”

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.

Through this investment, the City of Burlington will complete planning activities such as feasibility, implementation and market studies to support the future procurement and deployment of zero emission buses and related infrastructure by Burlington Transit.

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 City of Burlington has been working with CUTRIC to develop green solutions for our fleet,” said Nisan, Burlington’s Deputy Mayor of the Environment.

“This funding will help to take that work to the next level so we can look into implementing some zero emission solutions. As part of our Climate Action Plan, the City is committed to transit as an environmentally-friendly way to help residents in our growing city get around.”

The Government of Canada is contributing $370,000 to this project through the Zero Emission Transit Fund (ZETF), and the City of Burlington is contributing $92,500.

The project is being coordinated by CUTZEB, which supports public transit agencies in the procurement of turn-key zero emission transit technologies. CUTZEB provides a comprehensive and cost-effective process for joint procurements by bringing together small to mid-sized transit agencies across Canada.

“We know that for most public transit agencies, the transition to zero-emissions is a significant financial and technical challenge,” said Josipa Petrunić, President and CEO of CUTRIC.

“By fostering collaboration and pooling resources, we can create a future where interconnectedness drives sustainable mobility, addressing Canada’s environmental priorities head-on. This joint project is yet another step toward shaping a greener, more connected tomorrow, and we’re proud to have Burlington as part of this effort.”

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