A much needed boost for transit electrification in Canada
February 6, 2024
Monthly Newsletter (26)

A stellar line up of rail industry experts at our upcoming conference

With just over one month to go, our Smart Rail Innovation Conference is shaping up to be Canada’s hottest rail industry conference.



Despite its rich history and significant economic contribution, the Canadian rail industry seems to be trailing behind its global counterparts in terms of innovation. A comprehensive review of global innovation in the rail sector indicates that Canada lags behind many developed and developing nations in implementing key technologies like driverless train controls, hydrogen propulsion, 5G rail connectivity, and inductive and track-based electrification systems.



These circumstances make conversations about rail innovation in Canada not only timely but critical. The future of rail is pivotal to sustainable development, post-pandemic recovery, and decarbonization efforts.



Our rail industry experts will be diving into the lessons learned from global rail innovation strategies and where Canada stands in terms of rail investments and technology.

Our Speakers

ADM Paul Smith

Assistant Deputy Minister, Transportation and Economic Corridors
Government of Alberta

Alice Rodriguez

Deputy Director of External Affairs
California High-Speed Rail Authority

Anne Mercier

Business Development & Innovation Director - Rail and Algorithms/AI

Ben Faulkner

Senior Vice President – Rail & Transit
Ricardo plc

Brendon Simon

Program Manager, Light Rail Transit
Region of Waterloo – Grand River Transit

Chelsey Waterman

Transportation Planning Senior Manager

Dennis Uvbiama

Manager, Transit Service Systems
City of Calgary – Calgary Transit

Dr. Josipa Petrunić

President & CEO

Dr. Ryan Janzen

Co-Founder and CTO

Erika Priester

Zero Emissions Project Manager

Giorgio Travaini

Executive Director
Europe's Joint Rail Undertaking

Hon. Charmaine Williams

Associate Minister of Women's Social and Economic Opportunity of Ontario
Government of Ontario

Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria

Minister of Transportation
Government of Ontario

Ian Hodkinson

Head of Technical Sales and Marketing

Lora Smith

Vice-President, Public and Government Affairs
Railway Association of Canada

ZEB Database Survey

If you are a transit agency, we would appreciate your insights for our Canadian ZEB Database Report. Complete our ZEB Database survey before February 7.

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Decarbonizing the west: Alberta Municipality Constellation Project

CUTRIC is working with FortisAlberta on an Alberta Municipality Constellation project.

With the inevitable rollout of electric fleets across the country by 2040, there is no doubt that the future energy demand will impact current grid infrastructure and stability.

This project will provide a comprehensive study that informs the procurement and deployment of zero emission buses and the future energy demands across nine transit agencies in Alberta.

This $550 092 project is a combined investment from Infrastructure Canada's Zero Emission Transit Fund, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and FortisAlberta.

Grand River Transit launches first battery electric bus

This month, our team attended Grand River Transit's eBus launch in Waterloo.

Grand River Transit is getting eleven, fully electric, 40-foot buses – and new charging units – after a combined investment of more than $15.1 million in two projects from the federal and provincial governments, along with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Six chargers have been installed at the Northfield maintenance facility; buses can be fully charged in about four hours, the region says. The 11 new electric buses cost a total of about $15.1 million, offset by federal and provincial funding of more than $11 million, as MPs and MPPs reaffirmed their governments' continued funding for a green economy.
Members committees

ZEB Committee #6 2024: Optimizing Transit Agency Operations: Fleet Size, Replacement and Spare Ratios

CUTRIC’s Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Committee is a national forum for CUTRIC’s members to share up-to-date information and data related

Members committees

ZEB Committee #7 2024: Depot Planning for Zero Emission Mobility

CUTRIC’s Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Committee is a national forum for CUTRIC’s members to share up-to-date information and data related

Members committees

ZEB Committee #8 2024: Hydrogen in Transit: Operational and Procurement Strategies

CUTRIC’s Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Committee is a national forum for CUTRIC’s members to share up-to-date information and data related

Burlington Convention Centre

Zero Emission Transit and Mobility Conference 2024

At CUTRIC’s 6th annual 2024 ZETM conference, we will be diving deep into the world of transit electrification strategy, technical

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