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Ontario's first electric buses arriving in 2019

Staff Writer |
Ontario is reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of municipal transit systems by launching a new pilot program to test electric battery-powered buses on Brampton and York Region streets.

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This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth made the announcement in Newmarket.

The province is supporting the purchase of 14 electric buses and four charging stations for transit systems in York Region and Brampton.

The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), a green transportation group, is coordinating the projects. The buses are expected to begin service in 2019.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Ontario is providing up to $13 million from available cap and trade funds to Brampton and York Region to buy 14 electric buses and four charging systems over the next 2 years.

In 2015, the transportation sector accounted for approximately one third of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other sector.

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