RTL GRANTS CONTRACT FOR FIVE 100% ELECTRIC BUSES
Longueuil, May 3, 2018 – At tonight’s public meeting, the Board of Directors of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) granted the contract for five 100% electric midibuses to BYD Canada Company Limited.
In doing so, the RTL is taking a major step toward achieving its goal of sustainable mobility and the electrification of public transit. In the coming months, the RTL intends to develop a plan for the electrification of its entire network in order to meet the objectives set out in the Government of Québec’s 2030 sustainable mobility policy.
“This pilot project involving small electric buses is in keeping with the launch of the RTL’s public transit electrification plan. By the same token, it is a reaffirmation of our commitment to sustainable development and a means of diversifying our service offer,” stated Pierre Brodeur, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
These quiet, clean vehicles will each have 22 seats and will hold up to 50 passengers. The purchase of these buses is made possible by an investment from the federal and provincial governments as part of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The project is being funded 50% by Transport Canada, 40% by the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports du Québec, and 10% by the Réseau de transport de Longueuil.
About the RTL
The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometres. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.