Riding the bus is already a green transportation choice. Eliminating one car in favour of public transportation can realize a household saving of up to 30% of carbon dioxide emissions. We are meeting the green commitment that public transportation riders are making by committing to an ambitious electrification strategy.
Our government leveraged a $37 million provincial investment to advance a $112 million bus electrification partnership with federal and municipal governments. This partnership is creating the first fleet of electric buses in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), by adding 60 battery operated vehicles to the network. The fleet will reduce GHG emissions by 3,800 tonnes every year they are in operation, preserving air quality and moving Nova Scotians affordably around the region. In addition, we have begun planning to expand the Ragged Lake Transit Centre so that our infrastructure is ready to support this modernized fleet and the growing adoption of public transit.
Our commitment to electrifying bus transit extends beyond the HRM. We understand that all regions of the province want to be part of greening our transportation network. We’re investing $300,000 to explore bringing electric bus transport to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). This project also leverages funding from other levels of government, bringing the total project cost to $900,000 and making it possible to do a comprehensive bus plan, concept design, and route study.