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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  • Janice Howell
    signed 2018-07-07 09:12:57 -0400
    The maintenance cost is also very low.

    I was told in London Ont , Coca Cola has a fleet of electric trucks (may want to check out the success of their system)
  • Mark Anderson
    signed 2018-07-07 08:32:26 -0400
  • ryan parsons
    signed via 2018-07-07 08:29:23 -0400
  • Jodi Simpson
    signed via 2018-07-07 08:14:35 -0400
    Common Council! Let’s get this right for future of our city! Lower energy costs, reduce emissions, cleaner air, quiet, smooth and modern buses and rides on dedicated bus lanes would show the world that we are moving in the right direction. Please make the right decision on this.
  • Louise Hollingsworth
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-07 07:28:21 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Louise Hollingsworth
    signed via 2018-07-07 07:27:23 -0400
    I would love a cable car system too.
  • Charlene Quirk
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-07 07:25:56 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Charlene Quirk
    signed via 2018-07-07 07:25:31 -0400
    A big step in the right direction!!
  • Michael Metcalfe
    signed 2018-07-07 07:13:23 -0400
    I just assumed they would be electric… I guess I should have known better
  • Kevin May
    signed via 2018-07-07 06:51:24 -0400
  • Aaron Lawrence
    signed 2018-07-07 00:33:45 -0400
    Aaron Lawrence
  • Travis Parker
    signed 2018-07-07 00:32:53 -0400
  • David Wrather
    signed 2018-07-06 23:31:29 -0400
    I have an all-electric car and the maintenance is significantly lower than an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. My return of investment (ROI) was only 4 years. The bus Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) should also highlight the lifecycle cost savings for all aspects of O&M, not just fuel. We should also be illustrating the ROI for the busses. Let’s do just do it!.
  • Mark Hryniw
    signed via 2018-07-06 22:41:59 -0400
  • Gary Hopper
    signed 2018-07-06 22:12:07 -0400
  • Laura Kaufman
    signed 2018-07-06 22:01:16 -0400
  • Kerry Benson
    signed 2018-07-06 20:39:26 -0400
    I will never see this operate but I support your efforts to move ahead.
  • Sara Bellaire
    signed 2018-07-06 19:53:54 -0400
  • Amanda Stratton
    signed 2018-07-06 19:09:05 -0400
  • Moon Inthavong
    signed via 2018-07-06 18:19:55 -0400
  • Michael Kovach
    signed 2018-07-06 18:18:57 -0400
    Great idea!
  • Doug Rogers
    signed 2018-07-06 17:45:22 -0400
  • Cedric Richards
    signed via 2018-07-06 17:38:04 -0400
  • Hany Saad
    signed via 2018-07-06 17:10:53 -0400
  • Elizabeth Matthews
    signed 2018-07-06 16:58:43 -0400
    Elizabeth Matthews
  • Devon Mota
    signed via 2018-07-06 16:56:40 -0400
  • Menno Meijer
    signed 2018-07-06 16:52:28 -0400
  • Ian Newman
    signed 2018-07-06 16:49:54 -0400
  • Jennifer Pastorius
    signed via 2018-07-06 16:38:58 -0400
    Jennifer Pastorius
  • Timothy Pearson
    signed 2018-07-06 16:33:51 -0400