The City of Montreal has approved a plan to spend $1.3-billion on 963 new transit buses.
All of the vehicles will be environmentally friendly, as the new fleet includes 929 hybrid and 34 all-electric vehicles.
“Montrealers have chosen better mobility, and my administration is doing everything possible to make it happen quickly. The borrowing by-law we are announcing today is an important milestone in achieving one of our flagship commitments, which is to add 300 hybrid buses to the grid by 2020. These buses will allow users to take advantage of a more efficient public transit service,” said Mayor Valérie Plante, in a statement.
Le comité exécutif a adopté ce matin le règlement d’emprunt pour l’achat de 300 nouveaux bus hybrides, et le remplacement de 500 bus en fin de vie. Un jalon important vers l’amélioration de la mobilité à Montréal. #polmtl pic.twitter.com/pju50KUfy3
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) March 14, 2018
All the new buses will be a standard 12-metres long. They will replace nearly 500 buses that have reached the end of their service life and add 465 t o the STM fleet by 2024.
The City says that the new vehicles will be on Montreal roads as early as 2020.