They are 35 feet long, green and run on batteries. They are quiet, produce no air pollution and can travel up to 280 km on a single charge. They are the new St. Albert Transit electric buses! The buses wheeled into Servus Place on May 23, where members of the community, Minister of Transportation Brian Mason and Mayor Nolan Crouse celebrated their long-awaited arrival. The buses became part of regularly scheduled routes for passengers at the end of May. Vibrantly painted in green, the buses are hard to miss, with a large plug on the side to honour their rechargeable nature.
St. Albert has put itself on the map, being the first municipality in Canada to own long-range, battery-powered, electric buses. The buses cost about $970,000 each. When you add in the required infrastructure, including charging stations, the project cost a total of $3.1 million. Two-thirds of that funding came from the Provincial Government's Green Transit Incentives Program. Four more electric buses have been ordered and are hoped to be up and running by the end of 2018.
Every few months, St. Albert Transit plans to update the community on the progress of the buses with information on kilometres travelled, electricity used and any roadblocks the buses come up against. For more details, visit ridestat.ca.
Looking to take a ride on the new bus? There has never been a better time to contribute to sustainable transportation with St. Albert Transit!
Last edited: June 16, 2017