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2.1.4Grand River Transit to pilot zero emission vehicles, and implement a full zero emission vehicle strategy (full transition expected to be complete by 2040)


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Transit is a much more energy efficient and lower carbon way to make trips. Nevertheless, as transit fleets expand to provide new services, transit must also convert to zero emission vehicles. ION light rail transit is already zero emissions, running on electricity. Grand River Transit will pilot zero emission buses beginning as early as 2022, and new bus purchases are expected to be zero emissions only beginning in 2025. As diesel buses are replaced at the end of their life, the entire fleet is expected to be converted by about 2040.

This action will be led by the Region of Waterloo. Please see below for the most recent publicly available updates.

Grand River Transit (GRT) has ordered an initial six electric buses from Nova Bus, a member of the Volvo Group and a leading North American transit bus manufacturer. The first buses are expected to arrive in spring 2023 with five additional electric buses to follow in 2024.

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Information updated 08/29/2023