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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  • Taylor Bentley
    signed 2021-12-05 16:16:36 -0500
  • William Galloway
    signed 2021-02-11 19:06:38 -0500
    This is an amazing idea and seemingly inevitable transition to the future. The sooner we can do this the faster we can save money for the municipality and become for ecologically sustainable. Great idea!
  • Bill Sheldon
    signed 2021-01-12 13:12:56 -0500
    The speed that vehicles travel through our neighborhood is unbelievable. People try to avoid Adelaide/Oxford lights by booting it 24/7. Cars have been heard and seen on our camera even 2-3-4 am.
  • matthew marchioni
    signed 2020-12-08 13:30:45 -0500
    Let’s do this!!
  • John Northey
    signed 2020-12-01 19:00:40 -0500
  • Mike MacKenzie
    signed 2020-10-22 11:18:29 -0400
    Electric buses are best option for BRT.
  • Roy Carter
    signed 2020-10-21 12:55:00 -0400
  • James Wallace
    signed 2019-08-13 20:52:24 -0400
    Jesse, I collect a large bag of plastic wrap that Miller recycling won’t pick up. My brother lives in Sarnia, that city encourages pick up, EVERYTHING!

    We need to review who is going to pick up London’s next recycle pick up. If not London has to get out of bed with, Miller.
  • Anna Orishchenko
    signed 2019-05-15 19:12:00 -0400
  • James Maragos
    signed 2019-04-25 10:21:01 -0400
    James Demetre Maragos
  • Leroy Innanen
    signed 2019-03-25 06:21:18 -0400
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  • Susan Bradnam
    signed 2019-03-20 13:16:53 -0400
    Electric busses is the only way to go. As we move into the future we must become increasingly vigilant of our environment. Ler’s Plan for the future wuth our transportation in London.
  • Justin Campbell-Levang
    signed 2019-01-20 14:27:17 -0500
    Justin Campbell-Levang
  • Stephanie Singh
    signed 2018-12-08 21:09:57 -0500
  • Aaron Johnson
    signed via 2018-09-26 22:04:44 -0400
  • Shane Clément
    signed 2018-09-25 16:37:54 -0400
    I like your views on BRT and electric buses. In my view, public transportation is very important for at least two reasons:

    1. It allows people who otherwise might be excluded to attend various events, and

    2. It will allow more businesses to relocate to London if they know that workers and family members can get around easily.

    I’m not sure if I would be able to assist with campaigning.
  • Heather Gunn
    signed via 2018-09-20 18:37:21 -0400
  • Caitlin Villeneuve
    signed 2018-09-20 08:00:44 -0400
  • Gloria Jones
    signed 2018-09-19 11:35:24 -0400
    I am interested in having a lawn sign.
  • Rebecca Rodrigues
    signed 2018-09-19 10:47:50 -0400
  • Keith Lavallee
    @TheRealPuzuma tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-18 22:24:15 -0400
    Sign the petition: let's electrify BRT and build the lowest operating cost, most environmentally-friendly BRT possible here in #ldnont!
  • Keith Lavallee
    signed via 2018-09-18 22:23:55 -0400
  • Shawn Dhue
    signed 2018-09-18 14:39:57 -0400
  • Linda Leyten
    signed via 2018-09-18 10:25:06 -0400
  • Gabe Boldt
    signed via 2018-09-18 09:29:36 -0400
    Yes, let’s lead the way, London!
  • Shawna Lewkowitz
    signed 2018-09-18 08:41:10 -0400
  • Intactivist
    signed 2018-09-18 03:39:06 -0400
    City Hall Fat Cat ‘Lifers’ have had a timid, po’dunk vision for the Forest City for the past 20 years. Light rail rapid transit brought forward a few years made the most sense. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. At least we have this. It’s even ALL-electric! How much more futuristic do you want??? Those with a Sleepy Hollow mentality will be voted out by young adults like ME.
  • Adrienne Borrie
    followed this page 2018-09-17 21:59:04 -0400
  • Meghan O'Hara
    signed 2018-09-17 16:45:18 -0400
  • Jarad Fisher
    signed 2018-09-17 16:39:11 -0400