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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  • Merlin Chatwin
    signed 2018-09-15 12:55:37 -0400
  • Paul T
    @paulvt tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-15 12:18:53 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Paul T
    signed 2018-09-15 12:18:43 -0400
  • Gerald Lahay
    signed via 2018-09-15 12:13:23 -0400
  • George Hannah
    signed 2018-09-15 11:55:47 -0400
  • William Sorton
    signed via 2018-09-15 11:50:04 -0400
  • @jesse_helmer tweeted this page. 2018-09-15 11:28:43 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Michael Cozens
    signed 2018-09-11 17:07:11 -0400
    We’re only beginning to realize the tremendous cost air pollution imposes on our health and the development of our children. A robust, clean mass transit system gives us the back-bone for sustainable, equitable economic growth, both now and in the future. Time for London to lead.
  • S. Hill
    signed 2018-09-09 23:29:06 -0400
  • Jennifer Sadler
    signed 2018-09-06 10:20:21 -0400
    I use transit to get to work every morning. An efficient, electrified BRT system will help us all reduce our impact and improve the quality of our commute
  • Ben McCauley
    signed 2018-09-05 14:37:12 -0400
  • Faye Dean
    signed 2018-09-05 08:45:00 -0400
  • Cody Grant
    signed 2018-09-04 21:08:36 -0400
  • Christine Battson
    signed 2018-08-27 17:27:15 -0400
  • Caitlin Waugh
    signed 2018-08-23 21:43:07 -0400
  • David Robinson-Vincent
    signed 2018-08-22 17:25:13 -0400
  • Laurie Bursch
    signed 2018-08-08 17:53:09 -0400
  • Joan Atkinson
    signed 2018-08-08 08:58:16 -0400
    Joan Atkinson
  • Sue Wilson
    signed via 2018-08-08 08:32:05 -0400
  • Kenn Quayle
    signed via 2018-08-07 18:24:35 -0400
    Support harm reduction and save lives.

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  • Dawn McGregor
    signed via 2018-08-07 07:51:27 -0400
  • Tonya Whiteside
    signed 2018-08-07 07:28:32 -0400
  • Debrann & Henry Eastabrook
    signed 2018-08-07 00:48:03 -0400
    Thanks, Councillor Helmer, for fighting so dedicatedly on the side of fairness, community caring and accessibility/affordability for all Londoners.
  • Ashley Walker
    signed 2018-08-01 07:14:08 -0400
  • Alicia Swift
    signed 2018-07-31 10:46:11 -0400
  • Holly Stevens
    signed 2018-07-30 18:08:22 -0400
  • David Huston
    signed 2018-07-29 13:17:33 -0400
    In support. However, Isn’t the $28 million assigned to the 28 articulating buses already taking into account that they will be electric buses.
  • Jarad Fisher
    signed 2018-07-28 13:07:38 -0400
  • steven marshall
    signed via 2018-07-26 23:11:04 -0400
  • Bradley Gleed
    signed via 2018-07-26 17:51:09 -0400