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Working toward a net-zero transit system in York Region

Public transit is key to creating sustainable economic growth and more inclusive communities. By shifting public transit away from fossil fuel engines, towards zero-emission alternatives, our government is presenting opportunities for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Last week, I was honoured to join the Prime Minister, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Municipality of York, Wayne Emmerson, and several colleagues to announce a federal investment of $76 million to help York Region build an electric bus fleet and reach net-zero by 2050. This investment is provided through the Zero Emission Transit Fund (ZETF) and is expected to reduce emissions by approximately 15,982 tonnes annually once in service — the equivalent of taking 4,000 vehicles off our roads.

This funding will help York Region get 180 zero-emission buses, 91 battery chargers and 14 on-route chargers. York Region’s three existing transit facilities that will house the zero-emission buses will also be upgraded with solar power and battery energy storage systems, further reducing emissions and growing clean-energy alternatives.

The ZETF supports public transit and school bus operators across Canada who are electrifying their fleets and also delivers on our commitment to purchase 5,000 zero-emission buses. Through the Fund, cities like Toronto and Calgary have received millions of dollars to purchase and deploy zero-emission public transit buses and related infrastructure.

This investment in York Region is a historic step forward in maintaining sustainable transit systems that offer clean, reliable, and affordable transit options to the more than 1.25 million people who call York Region home.

By investing in public transit, we are building stronger, fairer communities across the country— especially for Millennial and Gen Z Canadians, who rely on public transit to get to work, school, and home.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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