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Greener school transportation is coming to the Valley

The Quebec government is investing $2.85 million for the electrification of school buses in the Huntingdon riding. Area MNA Claire IsaBelle issued the funding announcement on June 20 on behalf of Transport Minister François Bonnardel.

A total of seven transportation companies located in four municipalities will benefit from the investment, which will soon result in 19 new electric buses on area roads. Three businesses in Saint-Chrysostome, including Cie Transbus, will see a total investment of $2.25 million for the acquisition of 15 electric buses, while Autobus Huntingdon Inc. as well as Autobus Roland Leduc Inc. will each receive $150,000 to fund the purchase of one bus. Autobus Racine Ltée in Lacolle as well as Autobus-St-Michel Inc. will also receive an injection of $150,000 towards the purchase of one bus each.

 

Bus driver Lucie Desrochers poses with Philippe Beaulieu and Marie-Claude Leduc, the owners of Autobus Roland Leduc Inc., as well as Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle and Huntingdon mayor André Brunette. The Huntingdon-based school transportation company received $150,000 for the purchase of an electric school bus. PHOTO The office of Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle

 

In a press release, IsaBelle lauded the announcement as a concrete example of the government’s vision for a green transition in student transportation, while pointing out the investment represents “a firm commitment to the youth of the Huntingdon riding to provide them with a better future.”

Transport Minister Bonnardel highlighted the significance of electrifying transport as a way forward in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will also help meet targets established in the government’s Green Economy Plan, which aims to electrify 65 per cent of Quebec’s school bus fleet by 2030.
“I am convinced that the concrete actions taken by our government and by the school transportation industry for this ambitious transformation will allow us to reach these objectives,” said Bonnardel.

With an overall budget of $250 million, the School Transportation Electrification Program targets a 14 per cent electrification rate by March 2024, while aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with school transportation by nearly 65,000 tonnes. As of January 2021, only 130 electric buses registered for school transportation were on Quebec roads out of a fleet of over 10,000 vehicles. (SR)

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