The provincial government announced a $10 million investment in green transit this week as part of Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy. This money will be allocated to the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) over the next four years “to develop next-generation transportation technologies to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.”
This is incredible exciting news. Here at the Transit Alliance, we welcome new advancements in green technologies— and the fact that it is being used to help develop transit-related initiatives is a bonus. Some of the new technologies mentioned by Kathleen Wynne in her announcement include lightweighting materials and autonomous software.
Brampton Transit will be partnering with CUTRIC to lead the trial of the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus, a zero-emission bus used by seven transit agencies.
If this trial is successful, it will change the way Ontario achieves its GHG emission goals. Imagine, if you can, a bus system made of electric vehicles that emit no carbon. Regular cars would essentially become obsolete. It would be the beginning of a new era of green, environmentally friendly, automobiles!
Of course, Ontario isn’t close to building a fleet of electric busses, but it’s okay to dream, isn’t it?
This is a great first step though, and the Transit Alliance would like to commend the provincial government for investing not only in green technologies, but in transit as well.
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