The first of the TTC's all-electric buses rolls into service next week

May 31 2019, 4:05 pm

The first of the TTC’s zero-emission electric buses arrived back in April, and now the transit commission is ready to take it to the streets.

In April, TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said the new vehicle had to undergo testing and commissioning first before it can enter regular service “later this spring.”

At the time, Green said by the end of the year, the TTC will have 60 electric buses on the streets, making the transit agency a “national clean-tech fleet leader.”

And it looks like the first of these buses is ready to hit the street.

The launch of the first all-electric bus is scheduled for Monday, June 3, and will be in service on the 35 Jane route, according to the TTC.

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Last year, the TTC also added 55 hybrid buses to its fleet.

By the end of 2019, the TTC expects that its fleet will be comprised of three different propulsion technologies that would include clean diesel, hybrid electric, and battery electric.

The new rollout is part of the TTC’s commitment to be 50% zero emissions by 2028-2032 and 100% zero emissions by 2038-2042.

“This is just one way we are modernizing our service, innovating for the long term and planning for climate change,” states the TTC’s green initiatives page. “We will continue to deliver safe, reliable service to our customers with the new, more environmentally friendly fleet.”

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