So for those who missed it.... The Coles Notes version on what just happened with electric bus funding.
The first 19 or so buses used funding via the Federal Government's PTIF.
A second group of buses (and by "buses" I mean buses and a number of chargers and anything else needed) were able to be added to the procurement by way of the Provincial Government Alberta Community Transit Fund (ACT). The 2019 budget profile for this group show the split being about 25 PTIF and 15 ACT, although that changed a little but I think and it ended up being closer to a 20/ 20 split. Those buses were to be for 2020 delivery. Additionally, with ACT funding for components of the Terwillegar Expressway project were 10 more electric buses to be used on a busway on this corridor for 2021 delivery. Since this project wasn't exactly part of the long term plans when the ACT grants was awarded there wasn't funding for the City's half so the intention was to use debt financing to cover the City's half.
NDP lose to UCP in the election, and the first UCP budget comes out in late October and cancels ACT.
At first this looked grim for the electric buses, however, it turned out due to the way things work the electric buses were actually VERY safe the whole time.
The borrowing bylaw for the electric buses and other ACT projects didn't go to council for 3 readings until October. The PO was cut for the Proterra purchase back in April or May.
That meant the budget profile for the ACT funded buses didn't have any money available yet, so, the buses were funded out of the regular bus equipment profile which is used for, among other things, diesel bus purchases, DATS bus purchases, and bus refurbishments (power train and body).
What was now at risk was actually future diesel bus purchases as the Proterra contract had been signed and money would just end up coming out of bus equipment profile.
Ultimately, Administration came back to Council for the 2019 budget adjustment with a re-profiling of the ACT projects. Changing the scope of some, eliminating some, and changing the amount of funding for others so that former ACT projects could fit into just the debt financing.
In the case of the ACT electric buses, about $32 million will go into the bus equipment profile to replenish the amount for that group of electric buses.
The original ACT funding was about $45 million with ACT funding about $22.5 million and the City $22.5 million, so, in this case they moved funding around from other less important projects so that the City is now putting in $32 million for these buses. The only thing is that I don't know what the difference of $13 million means. I suspect it could mean a reduction of 10 buses that were tied to Terwilligar, which means we could be looking at a final procurement of about 40 electric buses at this point in time. That could change with future budget adjustments and they could yet come up with funding for even more electric buses. They could also still pull some diesel funding to still go for the full 50 electric buses.