Task Force Studying Idea of All-Electric Bus System in Winnipeg

Task Force Studying Idea of All-Electric Bus System in Winnipeg

Electric Bus
One of four Xcelsior battery-electric buses to depart from James Richardson International Airport to East Kildonan and back on November 27, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The city and province are creating a task force to study the idea of an all-electric transit system.

Representatives from both levels of government will join Manitoba Hydro, New Flyer and Red River College to look at changing Winnipeg’s existing transit system to an all-electric model.

“We are pleased to participate in this task force,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

“It will allow us to critically examine the feasibility of transitioning more of Winnipeg’s transit fleet to electric models, and whether the technology is in place to meet the service needs of our city.”

The task force will investigate incorporating plans to add charging stations to existing routes and the southwest rapid transit corridor.

Findings will be reported back in early spring 2016.

Winnipeg Transit currently operates 618 buses.

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Four new battery-electric buses added to Winnipeg Transit’s fleet in November 2014.

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