Federal and provincial governments announce new electric buses in Waterloo, Ont. region
by CM Staff
The buses will be bought over two years, the first of which has arrived in Waterloo and will in next month.
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.
Announced by MP Bardish Chagger, on behalf of Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities; MPP Jess Dixon, on behalf of Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ontario’s Minister of Transport; and Karen Redman, Regional Chair of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, these projects will increase access to public transit in Waterloo, while also helping cut greenhouse gas emissions and noise.
The buses will be bought over two years, the first of which has arrived in Waterloo and will in next month. The other project will see the installation of the necessary charging units for the new buses to function. These projects are an important step for the f Waterloo as it seeks to transition to a fully electric bus fleet.
“These first electric buses in operation in the Region of Waterloo marks the start of a cleaner, more prosperous future for residents. Fulfilling our commitments to the environment while creating good jobs and building affordable, resilient and sustainable communities is imperative. Our government will continue to work with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous communities to support and build green and accessible public transit options,” said Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo.