All aboard Newmarket’s first electric bus

It’s charged and ready to roll. York Region Transit (YRT) will launch its first electric bus in Newmarket on Monday, making the beginning of a trial to gradually electrify the Region’s transit fleet.

The bus is slated to depart the terminal on June 29 at 8:50 a.m. and is another step in the Region’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint. The bus will operate on routes 55 Davis Drive and 44 Bristol in Newmarket and will be noticeably quieter than traditional diesel buses, the Region reports.

YRT received its first of six electric buses earlier this year. The cost of the six buses will total $7.2 million before taxes. The purchases will allow the Region to continue participating in an electric bus demonstration and integration trial lead by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium.

The Region says electric bus technology will help it reach its goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2051. Over the next five years, it will spend $14 million on energy conservation initiatives with strategies focused on transit, buildings, non-transit fleets, and water and wastewater processes.

In a report released in early 2019, the Region reported more than 230 battery electric, public transit buses were in service across North America and noted electric buses are less costly to operate and maintain than traditional diesel buses.

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