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TTC announces plans to purchase 300 electric buses and launches two real-time bus-crowding apps, Canada [free access]

April 15, 2021

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has issued a Request for Proposals (RfPs) for the purchase of 300 new electric buses. The new buses will be added to the agency’s existing fleet of 60 pure-electric vehicles. The cost of procurement of the buses is expected to be CAD300 million. This includes expenditures for the upgrading of the depots in cooperation with Toronto Hydro and Ontario Power Generation. The buses are expected to be deployed by 2025. In October 2020, TTC announced plans to procure an additional 300 hybrid vehicles at a cost of CAD390 million.  

 

TTC has also partnered with transit trip-planning apps Rocketman and Transit to display the number of passengers on the buses as they approach each stop. TTC will share the count of the number of passengers getting on and off the buses with Rocketman and Transit. The trip-planning apps will then display one, two, or three grey person icons along with information relating to the next few approaching buses to indicate the occupancy of the buses. The bus-crowding feature on the apps has been introduced to promote physical distancing amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Rocketman and Transit apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

 

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