MAJOR INVESTMENT IN THE ELECTRIFICATION OF URBAN PUBLIC TRANSIT
“This is a big step toward the large-scale electrification of public transit.”
- Michel Veilleux, Executive Director of the RTL
Longueuil, November 3, 2021 – The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) welcomes the announcement made earlier today in Glasgow by the Premier of Québec, who expressed his government’s willingness to invest $5 billion in the electrification of urban public transit systems. This investment will be divided between infrastructure and buses.
According to the Québec government’s Plan for a Green Economy, at least 55% of city buses need to be electric by 2030. This is why the RTL began the shift earlier this year by launching a pilot project involving five electric, slow-charging midibuses—mid-size vehicles measuring 9 m in length. Based on the experience of the past few months, the RTL plans to start buying its first standard-size 12-m electric buses in 2022.
In the wake of the gradual electrification of its fleet, the RTL is also planning to build a new electric-focused garage to replace the one in Saint-Hubert, where it will maintain and park its buses. This project was featured on the Québec government’s list of priorities earlier this spring.
Once all the right conditions are in place—and with government investments—the RTL will move forward with purchasing electric buses and adapting its infrastructure. Ultimately, both residents and users will benefit from the transformation of the RTL’s 425-bus fleet.
“This strategic investment by the Québec government is a major step toward the large-scale electrification of public transit. The money invested will have a significant impact on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our vehicles. Another good reason to use public transit!
“In Québec, the electrification of public transit is a key element in meeting global warming targets. Thus, accelerating the electrification of our fleet will benefit the entire population of the Agglomération de Longueuil.” – Michel Veilleux, Executive Director of the RTL
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil.
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.