Winnipeg plans to add 16 new zero-emission city buses to its fleet
Winnipeg Transit is on the verge of becoming more environmentally friendly. The city has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase of over 100 new green buses.
According to the request, the city is looking for a company to supply and deliver “low-floor, zero-emission transit buses”.
Erin Cooke is project manager for the bus electrification program. She says they will start by buying 16 new emission-free buses. Eight will be electric and the other eight will use hydrogen fuel cell technology. Buses will be ordered in 40 foot and 60 foot lengths.
“We wanted the opportunity to test a different technology and we already had experience with the 40ft electric battery so we know they work here,” Cooke said. “We really wanted to have more time to test the different buses, different lengths, to really understand how we’re going to roll this out in our fleet.”
Cooke says that in addition to the environmental benefits, the new buses will be noticeably quieter. said.
The funds needed to purchase the new buses come from the Canada Infrastructure Investment Program (CIIP). In July, Winnipeg Transit received a total of $478 million from three levels of government to purchase electric buses, expand the Rapid Transit program and renovate all transit routes.