The introduction of Grand River Transit’s electric buses is set to commence next month, marking the initiation of its zero-emission bus pilot project. This endeavor is a key component of the Region of Waterloo’s strategy to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In 2020, the region transitioned away from diesel-only buses, opting for hybrid and electric alternatives.
As part of the pilot initiative, Grand River Transit (GRT) will gather data on how these battery-operated buses perform on various routes and under different driving conditions. Customer feedback will also be solicited to enhance the overall experience. The insights gained will contribute to GRT’s business plan, outlining service enhancements and expansion over the next five years.
The Nova Bus-manufactured electric buses will be housed and charged at the Northfield Drive Maintenance Facility in Waterloo, equipped with six charging stations capable of fully charging the buses in approximately four hours. The pilot project, funded by the Government of Canada through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream, the Government of Ontario, and the Region of Waterloo, involves a total investment of $15.1 million.
The rollout of these electric buses aligns with the government’s commitment to environmental sustainability, job creation, and the development of resilient and eco-friendly communities. The electric buses signify a step towards a cleaner and more sustainable public transportation system for residents in the Region of Waterloo.
- The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo: “Fulfilling our commitments to the environment while creating good jobs and building affordable, resilient and sustainable communities is imperative.”
- Bryan May, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business and Member of Parliament for Cambridge: “The 11 electric buses servicing Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo will help to support affordable and reliable transit options.”
- Valerie Bradford, Member of Parliament for Kitchener South–Hespeler: “The electric bus unveiled today is a great step towards a cleaner and quieter future for residents.”
- Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Conestoga: “The electric bus unveiled today demonstrates how the federal government is working with partners to achieve its emissions goals and vision for green, connected and flourishing communities.”
- Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation: “The future is electric, and Ontario is leading the charge.”
- Karen Redman, Regional Chair of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo: “This bus is a symbol of our commitment to the environment and sustainable transportation.”