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Old December 8th, 2016, 09:44 PM   #101
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MiWay Celebrates 70 per cent Growth in Weekday Ridership on Second Anniversary of Mississauga Transitway
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Since the Mississauga Transitway opened two years ago, weekday ridership has grown by 70 per cent.

“We are on track to reach our goal of five million boardings on the transitway by the time the entire 12 station dedicated transitway is complete in 2017,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works.

Service levels and passenger travel on the east-west transitway has increased, since the original four stations, Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken and Dixie, opened in November 2014. Three additional stations are now open including Erin Mills in the west and Tahoe and Etobicoke Creek in the east.

“There has been steady growth on MiExpress routes 107, 109 and MiLocal 21,” reports Patrick Phaneuf, acting Director of Transit. “Daily weekday ridership has increased from 8,000 on opening day in 2014 to 13,600 riders in October 2016 – a 70 per cent increase in riders travelling on the transitway.”

Phaneuf added that at the same time, Saturday service was added in 2015 and grew from 2,900 to 4,000 this year – a 41 per cent increase.

More Stations and Service to Come

Winston Churchill, the final station in the west, is set to open at the end of the year. Both GO Transit and MiWay will service this new station along with the Erin Mills station that opened in 2015. MiWay also has new Sunday service planned for these stations. Full schedule information will be available soon.

Spectrum, Orbitor and the Renforth Gateway (the final station in the east) will open in 2017. This will complete the 18 kilometre, dedicated bus corridor, making travel connections to Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Bloor-Danforth subway line easier via Highway 427.

“When all 12 stations are open in 2017, MiWay will increase express service, routes and frequency of buses,” said Phaneuf. “The entire dedicated transitway will make travel more efficient across the city. Passengers travelling from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth station will save 15 to 18 minutes.”
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Old December 31st, 2016, 06:42 AM   #102
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Winston Churchill BRT station will open in Mississauga, Ontario on 2016.12.31





More info here: http://transit.toronto.on.ca/archive...nston_ch.shtml
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Old June 9th, 2017, 08:01 AM   #103
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From Toronto Star

https://www.thestar.com/news/city_ha...s-network.html

TTC plans to enhance express bus network
Thu., June 8, 2017



TTC chair Josh Colle says the 10-year plan will improve transit service at a “fraction of the cost” of new subway or light rail lines

The TTC has unveiled plans to enhance its network of express bus routes, which the agency says will significantly improve transit service without the major infrastructure investments required for new subway or light rail lines.

TTC chair Josh Colle and agency CEO Andy Byford unveiled the plan Thursday morning at a news conference at Lawrence West station. Colle said that while big transit projects like subway extensions get most of the attention, 60 per cent of people who currently take the TTC ride the bus

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TTC plans to buy first electric buses, targets emissions-free fleet by 2040
Report going before the TTC’s board on Monday recommends buying 30 battery electric buses by 2019, at a cost of up to $50 million.
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Nov. 8, 2017

For the first time in its history the TTC is planning to buy buses powered exclusively by on-board electric batteries, marking an important step forward for the transit agency’s plans to green its fleet by 2040.

A report going before the TTC’s board on Monday recommends purchasing 30 so-called “battery electric buses” by 2019, which would position the agency at the forefront of introducing the emissions-free vehicles into regular service in Canada.

Bem Case, head of vehicle programs for the TTC, said as the country’s largest municipal transit agency, “we see that we should be taking more of a leadership role in the introduction of new technology.”

The initial electric bus purchase, which would cost up to $50 million, is “not a test,” Case said.

“It’s the first step in the adoption of this technology … We’re buying these buses, so we’re committed to making them work.”

The report recommends dividing the order for 30 buses between up to three different suppliers. That would allow the agency to conduct what it says would be the first long-term, head-to-head comparison of different electric bus models.

The TTC would measure each vehicle’s reliability, battery range, operating and maintenance costs, and customer experience in order to inform future, larger purchases. The exercise also would help other transit agencies hoping to adopt the technology.

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Old January 2nd, 2018, 12:22 PM   #105
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Old June 29th, 2019, 04:17 PM   #106
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TTC marks environmental milestone as 1st electric bus enters service
Transit agency wants all of its vehicles to be emission-free by 2040
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The TTC's first battery-powered, zero-emissions bus hit Toronto streets this morning.

The transit agency wants all of its vehicles to be emission-free by 2040, and it took a step toward that goal on Monday.

Mayor John Tory called it an "important milestone" in Toronto's mission to meet its greenhouse gas emission targets.

Tory and TTC chair Jaye Robinson were aboard the eBus as it clocked into service along the 35 Jane route, in the city's north end.

"The TTC is already an environmentally friendly way to travel the city, but today we are taking it one step further," Robinson told reporters at the TTC's Arrow Road Garage, where the electric buses will be charged.

The bus, built by Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries Inc., is the first of an upcoming fleet of 60 to head into operation in Toronto by early 2020.

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Well it's about time. Electric buses have been introduced in a number of cities across the world, and places with so much emission free electricity from like Ontario and Quebec should have been leading the way.
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Old June 30th, 2019, 05:15 AM   #108
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Chinese electric automaker BYD opens first plant in Canada
25 June 2019
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Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD Co Ltd said on Tuesday it had opened its first plant in Canada, which will initially focus on assembling buses for the Toronto Transit Commission, a public transport agency.

The 45,000 sq.ft. facility is based in Ontario and the transport agency will receive 10 electric buses with an option for 30 more, the Warren Buffett-backed company said.

As traditional automakers withdraw from Canada, municipalities across the country are doubling their efforts to tackle climate change through zero-emissions transit, Ted Dowling, vice-president of BYD Canada, said.

Last year, Reuters reported that the company had put plans to open its first Canadian electric truck plant on hold but could revive the project when the electric vehicle maker sees a business case.

BYD had last year planned to open the site with about 40 workers, aimed at boosting green manufacturing in Ontario, Canada's most populous province.

The company is looking to replicate its Lancaster, California plant, which started with about 100 workers in 2013 and now employs more than 750 people.
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Old July 1st, 2019, 02:18 AM   #109
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TTC's first zero emission electric bus delivered



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The first of the TTC’s zero emission electric buses was delivered Monday — part of the transit provider’s ongoing green initiatives.

It will undergo testing for the next few weeks before entering regular service later this spring.

The e-bus from manufacturer New Flyer has no tailpipe emissions and in Ontario, the electricity used to charge it overnight is nuclear and free of greenhouse gas emissions.

The bus is one of 60 that will be incorporated into the TTC’s fleet, which is also slated to include clean diesel and hybrid electric vehicles by the end of the year.

The environmentally friendly fleet is part of the TTC’s plan to be 50 per cent emissions free by 2032 and 100 per cent emissions free by 2040.
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BRT in northern suburbs (York Region)

"Viva Bus Rapid Transit Segment Opens Three Months Ahead of Schedule on Highway 7 in Richmond Hill and Vaughan"

http://www.vivanext.com/news_release...ll-and-Vaughan





Source: https://transit.toronto.on.ca/archiv...ghway_7_.shtml
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