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)

Goal: 250 signatures

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  • Hamish Brailey
    signed 2018-09-17 16:36:16 -0400
  • Alex Jones-Chick
    signed 2018-09-17 16:27:21 -0400
    We need BRT! Don’t give up the fight for it!
  • Glenda Clooney
    signed 2018-09-17 11:31:16 -0400
    Something has to be done about the transit system, no question. And while the costs might be more than first anticipated why not go the electrified means. We would be ahead of the game so to speak and not have do it later down the road. Plus we would be not just saving money in the long run, we would be saving the air we breath. We are destroying this earth and if there is one way in which we could save the earth then why not.
  • Vinod Varapravan
    signed 2018-09-17 10:41:17 -0400
  • Fran Barnett
    signed 2018-09-17 09:51:28 -0400
  • Joy Cameron
    signed 2018-09-17 09:29:20 -0400
  • Kelsey Taylor
    signed 2018-09-17 09:26:24 -0400
  • Sam Chard
    signed 2018-09-17 07:27:59 -0400
  • Josh Winters
    signed 2018-09-17 02:28:41 -0400
  • Ben Fraraccio
    signed 2018-09-16 23:23:58 -0400
  • Chris McNorgan
    signed 2018-09-16 22:49:34 -0400
  • Gino Nicodemo
    signed 2018-09-16 22:16:09 -0400
    If not completely electrified, then at least an electric trolley system.
  • Art Fidler
    signed 2018-09-16 22:15:23 -0400
  • David Blakemore
    signed 2018-09-16 21:09:34 -0400
  • Donna currie
    signed 2018-09-16 20:44:23 -0400
  • Peter Davison
    signed 2018-09-16 18:48:47 -0400
    We have to modernize the bus system and make London look and feel like the city it should be! We are almost at the 500K population mark.. and we act like a small town.
  • Rick Miles
    signed 2018-09-16 18:13:01 -0400
  • Rod Morley
    @dreddman123 tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-16 18:08:53 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Rod Morley
    signed 2018-09-16 18:08:39 -0400
  • Kameron Kellestine
    signed 2018-09-16 17:27:33 -0400
  • Chris Barnes
    signed 2018-09-16 16:43:26 -0400
  • Gerry Geurts
    signed 2018-09-16 15:57:17 -0400
  • Amber Cantell
    signed 2018-09-16 15:56:00 -0400
  • Katie Stewart
    signed via 2018-09-16 15:19:32 -0400
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2018-09-16 15:01:32 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Jane Skinner
    signed 2018-09-15 16:49:43 -0400
  • Scott Wilkinson
    signed via 2018-09-15 16:09:12 -0400
  • Christopher Brook
    signed 2018-09-15 14:09:52 -0400
  • Marek Kubow
    signed via 2018-09-15 13:50:47 -0400
  • Emily App
    signed 2018-09-15 13:11:53 -0400