TransLink will add more than 150 electric buses over the next 3 years as part of its climate plan
TransLink is investing heavily in expanding its electric bus fleet and infrastructure as part of the company’s recently released climate action plan.
The plan details the steps TransLink will take over the next three years to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 – a commitment of its climate action strategy.
The Climate Action Plan includes:
- Add 151 additional electric buses to TransLink’s fleet by 2025.
- Construction of new charging infrastructure.
- Build a new Marpole Transit center by 2027 to serve the electric fleet.
- Three other transit centers are being renovated to support electric bus charging.
- Research and design of climate-resilient transport infrastructure.
Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink, says public transportation currently only accounts for about one percent of greenhouse gas emissions, but he says it’s still important for TransLink to contribute to the fight against climate change.
“Our goal is to reduce our emissions to zero while reducing the number of cars on the road,” he said in a statement.
TransLink released its Climate Action Strategy in January.
In addition to the net-zero target, it has also pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030, add more than 460 battery electric buses by 2030, and achieve zero emissions for all of its bus operations by 2050.
BC Environment Secretary George Heyman, who is also the minister responsible for TransLink, says transit in Metro Vancouver must be reliable, affordable and sustainable.
“Our government is committed to expanding and accelerating the development of public transportation, moving away from fossil fuels and building healthy, accessible communities for all,” he said in a statement.