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We have an amazing opportunity to make London's bus rapid transit system the best possible BRT. We can become the first city in North America to electrify a bus rapid transit network from the very first day of operation.

By using electric buses, we can lower energy costs, reduce emissions and make our air cleaner. That benefits all Londoners.

And for transit riders, the smooth acceleration of an electric bus, along with the quiet operation of an electric motor, will make the ride much more like a light rail vehicle than a diesel bus. That improvement in the quality of transit service will help us achieve our ridership targets.

With an electric bus fleet operating in dedicated rapid transit lanes, we can combine the low capital costs of buses with the lower operational costs and environmental benefits of electric power.

Sign the Petition

If you would like to see City Council electrify BRT, please add your name to this petition. Spread the word on social media and in conversation with friends, family and colleagues.

Key Benefits of Electrifying BRT

On 5 July 2018, the rapid transit implementation working group heard a presentation from Dr Josipa Petrunic, executive director of CUTRIC, the Canadian Urban Transit Research Consortium, about detailed modelling that her organization has done for the electrification of London's BRT routes.

The CUTRIC modelling shows:

  1. Annual energy cost savings of ~$862,564.
  2. Annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of 4,823 tonnes. That's an additional 100,000+ tonnes over the planning horizon of the project!
  3. Buses would only need to charge between 3 and 4 minutes at the end of their routes.
  4. Four overhead charging stations would be needed: one each at North, East, South and West ends of the routes.

The CUTRIC modelling was done using dedicated lanes and the specific topography of the planned routes. Running electric buses in mixed traffic would reduce the annual energy cost savings and increase the amount of time needed to charge at the end-of-route. So, in addition to being less reliable for transit riders, running electric buses in mixed traffic rather than dedicated lanes would also be more expensive from an operational perspective.

In addition to these direct benefits of electrification, the reduction in diesel emissions would also improve local air quality, but this was not part of the CUTRIC modelling.

(video shows how overhead charging of a New Flyer bus works)

251 SIGNATURES
Goal: 250 signatures

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  • Andrew Cottrill
    signed 2018-07-13 07:44:52 -0400
  • Sean Sandy
    signed via 2018-07-12 23:34:28 -0400
  • Jason Jordan
    signed via 2018-07-12 23:31:54 -0400
    I had thought, there would need a changing station at nearly every station. After the presentation, I was wowed. Only four at each ends of the routes be needed and much more affordable then diesel. This should be the option for BRT buses. Not only a cleaner ride, also a smoother one.
  • Eric Jackson
    signed 2018-07-12 23:11:43 -0400
  • Trevor Johnson
    signed via 2018-07-12 18:04:33 -0400
  • Peter Janes
    signed via 2018-07-12 12:41:57 -0400
  • Pauline Shannon
    signed via 2018-07-11 23:32:41 -0400
  • Marion Cabral
    signed via 2018-07-11 21:25:26 -0400
  • Douglas Simpson
    signed via 2018-07-11 20:23:39 -0400
  • Allycia Mulcair
    signed via 2018-07-11 20:17:24 -0400
  • Jesse Helmer posted about Electrify BRT on Jesse Helmer's Facebook page 2018-07-11 19:54:08 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2018-07-11 19:54:07 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont! http://www.helmer.ca/?recruiter_id=5608
  • Beth Davidson
    signed 2018-07-11 12:57:51 -0400
  • Norm Sadler
    signed via 2018-07-11 09:01:05 -0400
  • Richard Bird
    signed 2018-07-10 21:38:49 -0400
  • Marie Fiedler
    signed via 2018-07-10 19:47:25 -0400
  • Bob Kennedy
    signed 2018-07-10 13:09:25 -0400
    I thought this was already being heavily considered.. It would be very disappointing if not used
  • Rick Odegaard
    signed 2018-07-10 12:25:09 -0400
    Sounds good. Are the upfront capital costs more significant? What is the payback on that? What happens to spent batteries?
  • Lynn MacGillivray
    signed 2018-07-10 02:44:21 -0400
  • Paul Seale
    signed via 2018-07-09 23:43:28 -0400
  • John Vareka
    signed via 2018-07-09 22:32:19 -0400
  • Andrew Fleet
    signed via 2018-07-09 22:13:15 -0400
  • Melissa Knott
    signed via 2018-07-09 21:07:50 -0400
  • Walter Rogers
    @WalterRogers1 tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-09 20:50:36 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont! http://www.helmer.ca/?recruiter_id=32840
  • Walter Rogers
    signed via 2018-07-09 20:50:13 -0400
  • Darin Higgon
    signed via 2018-07-09 20:35:11 -0400
  • Randy Van Straaten
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-09 18:18:25 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Randy Van Straaten
    signed 2018-07-09 18:17:46 -0400
  • Robert Novakovic
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-09 17:43:15 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Robert Novakovic
    @PlaidTO tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-09 17:43:12 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont! http://www.helmer.ca/?recruiter_id=74586