A greener transit system is coming to the City of Regina with the help of 20 zero emission buses and related charging infrastructure after a combined investment of $52.2 million from the federal and municipal governments.
“I am proud that we are able to support this project that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while helping the residents of Regina get around conveniently, affordably, and comfortably. We will continue supporting transit services that make lives better for Canadians from coast to coast to coast,” said Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.
The federal government is investing $26,106,500 in this project through the Zero Emission Transit Fund (ZETF), and the City of Regina is contributing $26,106,500.
“Sustainability is essential for the future environmental and economic well-being of our city. We appreciate the federal government’s investment and support as the City of Regina transitions to an electric transit system. Becoming a net-zero community by 2050 requires us to shift practices in many areas, and these 20 electric buses will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 9.21 per cent, as well as decrease operating expenses in the long term,” said Sandra Masters, Mayor of the City of Regina.
Nova Bus, a member of the Volvo Group has been awarded a five-year contract for up to 53 LFSe+, the 40′ long-range battery electric bus model of Nova Bus, by the City. The first seven buses are scheduled to be delivered in 2025, with up to 46 buses in option for the remainder of the contract.
The 20 new forty-foot battery electric buses will replace current diesel-powered ones in the City’s public transit fleet over the next three years. This project will also see to the completion of upgrades to the Transit Operations Centre and the Transit Maintenance Facility to support the dispatching of buses and drivers to their designated routes. This investment will support the City’s transition to zero emission public transit infrastructure and contribute to Canada’s net-zero emissions targets.
Featured image: (Nova Bus)