Infrastructure Canada has selected the Canadian Urban Transportation Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) to support transit bus operators by producing comprehensive and accurate studies on electrification and zero-emission transit bus planning.
CUTRIC will work with transit bus operators to complete planning work, strengthen readiness for the transition to zero-emission transit bus fleets, and address key transportation electrification challenges in common. The effort is funded by the Government of Canada with an investment of C$10 million (US$8 million) over five years through the Zero Emissions Transit Fund.
“Electric and hydrogen technologies are complicated and expensive. Transit agencies need the right models to predict how electric and hydrogen buses will perform in their communities and what they will cost. This is a critical moment in Canada’s history of climate action. transit agencies from zero – not knowing where to start – to full fleet electrification and decarbonization readiness This will set the country on the path to zero-emissions transit systems for the 21st century said Josipa Petrunić, President and CEO of CRITUC.
According to Infrastructure Canada, 25% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the transportation sector, with the shift to zero-emission vehicles representing an opportunity to reduce these emissions.
The Government of Canada created the Zero-Emission Public Transit Fund in 2021 as part of its C$14.9 billion (US$11.9 billion) investment in public transit. The fund provides C$2.75 billion (US$2.2 billion) over a five-year period to help fund planning and capital projects for transit and school bus operators planning to bring their fleets to zero emissions.
“Investments in zero-emission buses help reduce pollution, support Canadian manufacturing, and are an important step towards achieving our 2050 goal. We are proud to partner with CUTRIC to provide transit operators with the support they need to transition to zero-emission buses and more sustainable technologies,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.