TransLink asks mayors to push for green transit

TransLink is asking for the Mayors’ Council for support to move toward 100-per-cent green public transit.

The Low Carbon Fleet Strategy aims to convert all buses to zero-emission technology by 2050.

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TransLink management is recommending the Mayors’ Council continue to endorse an “aggressive” timeline which would cost about $447 million over 10 years and pursue funding from senior levels of government.

This plan is currently unfunded.

The Low Carbon Fleet Strategy calls for investment to bring in 635 battery electric buses, install charging stations at depots and around the Metro Vancouver as well as build B.C.’s first electric bus depot.

“Transitioning the bus fleet to zero-emissions technology is an essential step toward breaking the region’s dependence on fossil fuels,” said Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink.

“This strategy sets out a bold course that will eventually allow us to provide 100-per-cent green public transportation.”

TransLink is recommending that the Mayors’ Council endorse this phase of the Low Carbon Fleet Strategy and direct staff to start finalizing the plan.

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