The Government of Canada announced a federal investment of more than $325 million to support the electrification of the City of Calgary’s transit buses.
This investment builds on a $165 million investment from the Canada Infrastructure Bank and will allow the City of Calgary to purchase and deploy up to 259 new zero emission public transit battery electric buses. Over the following years, Calgary will also complete infrastructure upgrades to two existing transit garages, the Spring Gardens and Anderson Garages, including the installation of Charging cabinets and dispensers with spare capacity for future electric bus purchases. This federal investment will also support equipment procurement, training, design and engineering services as well as utility works.
“Shifting bus fleets towards zero emission buses is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while investing in people’s quality of life. Alongside our partners in Calgary, we are investing in cleaner air and the creation of good jobs for Calgarians. We will continue to work with them and communities across Alberta to build a sustainable economy and a bright future for all Albertans,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.
Today’s investment supports The City’s plan to green their municipal vehicle fleet and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by tackling a large contributor to emissions – transit buses. With up to 259 new zero emission buses, the City will be able to deliver accessible, clean, and safe transit services to Calgarians.
“This contribution will allow us to transition the transit fleet to zero-emission vehicles more quickly and adds to funding already secured through Council. When it comes to climate change, we are committed to taking actions which are both economically and environmentally sustainable,” said Calgary Mayor, Jyoti Gondek.
“We are proud to partner with the City of Calgary to help increase access to sustainable, modern public transportation. The CIB is accelerating Calgary’s path to net-zero by enabling the purchase of 259 zero-emission buses. As part of our mandate, we partner with public transit owners and service providers across the country to provide Canadians with cleaner public transportation options for future generations,” said Ehren Cory, CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank.
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