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The City of Sarnia is receiving $150,493 from Canada's Zero Emission Transit Fund and contributing $37,623 to develop a plan for transitioning to zero-emission buses. The project, in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), aims to explore the economic, technological, and environmental benefits of fleet electrification while identifying potential risks and barriers. Mayor Mike Bradley highlights this initiative as part of the city's Climate Change Action Plan.
The City of Sarnia has received $150,493 from the Government of Canada’s Zero Emission Transit Fund, supplemented by $37,623 from the city, to develop a plan for transitioning to a zero-emission bus fleet. This initiative, in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), aims to explore the benefits and challenges of fleet electrification as part of Sarnia’s Climate Change Action Plan.
“Finally, there’s a little bit of sex appeal in our rail sector,” says Josipa Petrunic, CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium, a non-profit devoted to sustainable transportation options. “We, as Canadians, have just been desperately underserved by rail. We’ve let it atrophy. And TransPod is at the highest end of passenger-rail innovation.”
The Canadian government is investing in the electrification of Saskatoon’s bus fleet, announcing $420,000 in funding to plan for the electrification of Saskatoon Transit’s bus fleet. Through this investment, Saskatoon Transit will create a five-step strategy that will examine costs, assess risks and benefits, and identify the infrastructure and internal resources needed to transition to a low-carbon fleet.
Mississauga and the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium have already taken steps to develop a first-of-its-kind pilot project that would see 10 hydrogen FCEBs introduced to their MiWay fleet and help the city get one step closer to decarbonizing its bus system. This pilot will kick-start the development of Canada’s first local hydrogen ecosystem, capitalizing on a national network of manufacturing, production, knowledge innovation, and design.