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  1. February 13, 2019 - 3:38pm We'll soon see electric transit buses on the streets of Grande Prairie. Today city councilors took a ride on the city's first electric bus. Manager of Transit Services Steve Harvard says the city currently owns two electric buses, which will begin their regular service in the coming weeks. “We’re expecting the first bus to be on the road next week, then the second one shortly after that. The second one is currently just getting the decals put on it,” says Harvard. “This bus should last 15 to 18 years, and the battery itself is actually designed to have a longer lifespan.” Harvard notes the city plans to acquire up to three more busses and the cost of each is about $640-thousand. The Alberta Government is paying for two-thirds of the cost of all the electric busses. How soon the city sees the three other buses depends on how long manufacturing takes, but Harvard predicts it’ll be about six months. In the spring, solar panels are going to be installed at the service centre which will be used to charge the buses. Harvard explains the new buses can operate in extremely cold weather, but for a reduced amount of time. “Temperatures have not made any significant difference. It does reduce the amount of time that the bus can be on the road because a lot of the systems are working. The heater is working a lot more, etc. – but in terms of functionality, they haven’t experienced any issues, any breakdowns or whatever because of the weather.” Harvard adds the motivation for buying electric buses was reducing emissions and making transit more efficient and cost-effective. He says although the front-end cost for these buses is higher, the operating costs significantly make up for it. courtesy everythinggp.com
  2. Wed, Feb 6, 2019 8:45 AM WEGO Blue/Green Line Service - Suspended Until Further Notice Due to the ongoing freezing rain weather event, and the closure of the Table Rock Welcome Centre, WEGO Blue service has been suspended until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. UPDATE 9:10 AM: At this time, WEGO Blue Line and Green Line service have been suspended, Red Line service will remain but may be reduced along sections of the route in the tourist core (Murray Hill/ Clifton Hill areas).
  3. we'll know more when the proposed 2019 capital budget comes out later this month
  4. Duke going green... DUKE UNIVERSITY ADDS PROTERRA CATALYST® BATTERY-ELECTRIC BUSES AND CHARGING STATIONS TO ITS FLEET October 30th, 2018 As part of its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2024, Duke begins to electrify campus transportation Burlingame, Calif. – October 30, 2018 – Today Proterra, a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that Duke University is adding two 40’ Proterra Catalyst ® E2 electric buses to its fleet. Duke is the first university in North Carolina to purchase electric buses, and expects to deploy the buses on campus in 2020. “Using electric buses is a big step toward reaching our goal of being carbon neutral by 2024,” said Jason Elliott, assistant director of Sustainable Duke, part of the university’s Office of Sustainability. “The buses will be a great way for students, staff and faculty to experience the impact of the work Duke is doing in sustainability.” Since initiating the University’s climate commitment in 2007, Duke has reduced the campus greenhouse gas footprint by 24 percent. However, in the same timeframe, Duke has seen a 9 percent increase in total emissions from employee commuting, air travel and Duke-owned fleets. In order to address the impact transit has on its carbon footprint, Duke plans to phase out the purchase of hybrid and diesel-hybrid buses and will buy electric buses moving forward. The new zero-emission buses will replace two diesel vehicles from the university’s 24-bus fleet, which currently consists of hybrid-diesel and diesel vehicles. The battery-electric buses release zero tailpipe emissions, require no oil changes and use no liquid fuels. Duke expects to save approximately $924,000 in maintenance, fuel and vehicle costs over the lifespan of the two buses. As replacements for diesel vehicles, the Proterra Catalyst electric buses can also save more than 5 million pounds of carbon emissions over their 12-year lifespan. “This was an easy decision to make,” said Carl DePinto, director of Duke Parking and Transportation Services. “The buses are clean, quiet and support our goal of becoming a climate-neutral institution.” In addition to the two battery-electric buses, Duke will install two Proterra 60kW plug-in charging stations with standardized charge ports that can also be used to charge other electric vehicles in the fleet. “Duke joins a growing list of forward-thinking educational institutions implementing Proterra electric vehicle technology and creating healthier campus communities,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “We are proud to provide the Duke community with Proterra Catalyst electric buses, supporting the university’s sustainability initiatives with clean, quiet campus transportation.”
  5. still got 10 of the old first-gen VII's in Niagara Falls
  6. 2368-2369 still remain active and have at least 2 years left as their Eldorados are the next to be retired
  7. paratransit unit 2723 was retired this past January, next to retire are 2621 and 1024
  8. paratransit additions: 1730-1731 2018 Ram Promaster 2500 ; licence for 1730 is AV 26010 as for the conventional units, all are expected to be on the road late may, still awaiting Clever Devices installation
  9. delivered February 2018, to be on road in May: 1805-1808 2018 Nova LFS 40102 1809-1810 2018 Nova LFS Artic 1811 2018 Nova LFS 40102 (branded for Niagara Region Transit)
  10. Welland's two newest cutaways are now in service, 1165 was sighted this morning on the Port Colborne Local
  11. on order: 4 units 2017 Nova LFS delivery TBD, all expansion 2 units 2017 Nova LFS Artic expansion, to be dedicated to route 21 2 units Ford E-450/Glaval Titan II paratransit replacements
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