Réseau de transport de Longueuil to purchase five small electric buses
Longueuil, July 17, 2017 – As part of the ongoing electrification of its network, by the end of the summer, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) will issue a request for proposals for a company capable of supplying it with five small, electric buses—a first in Québec.
“These vehicles will represent an alternative public transit option for the Agglomération de Longueuil. For example, they could be used in less densely populated areas or outside of rush hour. They will also help to cut down on air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” declared Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors, who, since taking over the position in 2013, has been committed to going electric.
The RTL’s ultimate goal is to acquire five 30-ft. electric buses. The purchase of the first bus was made possible by government funding, with 50% coming from the federal government, 40% from the provincial government, and 10% from the RTL itself.
“With this pilot project, the goal is to become familiar with charging technologies, make sure the buses are reliable and blend in well with the community, and ensure our garages are set up to accommodate them,” said Ms. Éthier.
Last week, the RTL also announced its intention to purchase new air-conditioned hybrid vehicles to improve the comfort of its users. By 2020, the RTL plans to have a fleet of approximately 200 hybrid buses (40% of its total fleet). Used by the RTL since 2014, hybrid buses are part of the strategy to reduce the network’s environmental footprint.
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.
Anik Le Marquand
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450 442-8600, poste 8145