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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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  • Robert Novakovic
    signed via 2018-07-09 17:39:14 -0400
    Rapid transit is going to change London, Ontario forever for the better. Let’s make it the best it possibly can be.
  • Chad McMahon
    signed 2018-07-09 16:22:47 -0400
  • Robert Allison
    signed via 2018-07-09 14:44:21 -0400
  • Ann Thompson
    signed via 2018-07-09 13:29:10 -0400
  • james mwangi
    signed 2018-07-09 12:52:09 -0400
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  • Christopher Cassidy
    signed via 2018-07-09 12:45:45 -0400
  • Heather Rivet
    signed via 2018-07-09 12:45:25 -0400
  • Jesse Helmer posted about Electrify BRT on Jesse Helmer's Facebook page 2018-07-09 12:13:18 -0400
    Join the more than 100 #ldnont-ers who have signed the petition! Let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Kirsty Robertson
    signed 2018-07-09 12:04:05 -0400
  • Maren Gingrich
    signed 2018-07-09 11:59:01 -0400
  • Ian Sershall
    signed 2018-07-09 11:23:50 -0400
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    signed 2018-07-09 11:09:30 -0400
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  • Alan Goodhall
    signed via 2018-07-09 10:12:15 -0400
  • Danielle Moore
    signed 2018-07-09 09:17:49 -0400
  • Anne Gehman
    signed 2018-07-08 23:37:05 -0400
  • Christopher DeGroot
    signed via 2018-07-08 21:41:12 -0400
  • Deanna Stirling
    signed via 2018-07-08 21:24:18 -0400
  • Celia Lewis
    signed via 2018-07-08 18:06:46 -0400
    I love it!
  • Tn Staines
    @LondonBrt tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-08 12:34:02 -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/electrifybrt?recruiter_id=71876
  • Tn Staines
    signed via 2018-07-08 12:33:13 -0400
  • Bonnie Glazer
    signed via 2018-07-08 11:35:27 -0400
  • Dave Chandler
    signed 2018-07-08 10:59:04 -0400
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Lee Horton🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-08 10:45:48 -0400
    If they are going to do this, they might as well do it the best way possible.
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Lee Horton🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
    @leehorton33 tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-08 10:45:45 -0400
    If they are going to do this, they might as well do it the best way possible. http://www.helmer.ca/electrifybrt?recruiter_id=74982
  • Lee Horton
    signed via 2018-07-08 10:44:23 -0400
  • Hafsah Moulvi
    @hmoulvi tweeted link to this page. 2018-07-08 09:43:44 -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/electrifybrt?recruiter_id=74884
  • Hafsah Moulvi
    signed via 2018-07-08 09:43:32 -0400
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  • Andrew Clark
    signed via 2018-07-08 09:31:39 -0400
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    signed via 2018-07-08 08:55:11 -0400
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2018-07-08 08:43:01 -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/electrifybrt?recruiter_id=5608