Halifax Transit will be the first operator of electric buses in Atlantic Canada. The Province of Nova Scotia has announced that the service will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3,800 tonnes annually by 2030.
The new funding will also be used to purchase charging equipment and expand the Ragged Lake Transit Centre to house the new fleet. The bus depot will also undergo a deep energy retrofit, including solar panels, to achieve a net-zero standard.
“The electrification of the Halifax Transit fleet is vital to our commitment to climate action.” said Halifax Mayor, Mike Savage.
“Today’s investment brings us much closer to the modernization of a public transit service that will reliably and sustainably meet the needs of a growing community and make taking transit a better choice for more people.”
The total combined cost of the project from three levels of government is $112 million. The federal government is contributing $44.8 million and HRM is contributing $29.8 million.
“We continue to aggressively pursue action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Premier Iain Rankin
“Expanding Halifax Transit’s fleet to include new electric buses will not only improve the capacity of public transit, but it will help us achieve our ambitious climate change goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. It puts us at the forefront of transit electrification in Atlantic Canada.”
Construction on the facility is expected to begin in 2022 and be complete by 2023. The request for proposals for the electric buses will be issued later this summer. All buses should be delivered by 2024, with the first deliveries in 2023.