40-FT ELECTRIC BUSES : RTL MOVING FORWARD
Longueuil, November 3, 2020 – The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is pleased to announce that it will move forward with launching a request for proposals for the acquisition of five 40-ft. electric buses (the same length as those currently on the road), with the option to purchase five more, thanks to funding from the Québec government that will cover 95% of the cost.
“We wish to thank François Bonnardel, Québec’s Minister of Transport, for authorizing the purchase under the Québec government’s Programmes d’aide aux immobilisations. This acquisition will allow the RTL to familiarize itself with electric bus technology before 2025, the date set for the start of full electrification of city buses, as set out in Québec’s Sustainable Mobility Policy. These vehicles will respect the principles of universal accessibility, which remains a core objective,” said Jonathan Tabarah, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
Specifically, the buses covered by this request for proposals will be low-floor vehicles equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs and motorized mobility aids; they will also be designed to accommodate individuals with reduced mobility. In compliance with the new government guidelines, the level of Canadian content will also be increased from 20% to 25%, and final assembly must be done in Canada.
Note that the RTL has already begun the process of electrifying its fleet, through the acquisition of five electric midibuses (smaller, 30-foot buses). The teams at the RTL have already started learning this new technology in preparation for its Agglomération-wide debut in the next few months.
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.