Electric bus trial not a good idea right now, OC Transpo says

By Jason White, 1310 News, May 8, 2019

Don't look for electric buses on the streets of Ottawa any time soon, despite the mayor calling for them during the last election.

At the city's transit commission, Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenney asked staff the fiscal and environmental effects of beginning a pilot project of electric zero-emission buses, next year.

Staff have written back, saying that transit officials are focused on launching the first two stages of light rail -- which the city says, will significantly reduce the number of buses on Ottawa's streets and therefore the city's greenhouse gas emissions.

The transit service says a trial run of electric buses in Ottawa would just duplicate the work of other cities that are currently trying them out, with no added benefit. However, OC Transpo officials are monitoring the results of electric bus trials in other Canadian cities.


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