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Recognizing that the provision of mass transportation for students is in itself an emissions-reduction mechanism, school buses remain key targets for a rapid transition to zero emission due to the health benefits for children from decreased air pollution and the opportunities arising from standardization and economies of scale. This is challenging to implement due to high upfront costs and the limited distance buses travel annually, as well as the required coordination between school boards, municipalities, and higher levels of government. Opportunities to address these challenges will be examined and where appropriate, advocacy to the Ministry of Education and/or the provincial government to capacitate the purchase and use of emissions free school transportation vehicles will be conducted.

This work will be conducted by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region. There is no publicly available update at this time.