Alberta municipal zero-emission bus study

Nine transit authorities across Alberta are studying the procurement and deployment of zero-emission buses.

Transit authorities in Airdrie, Banff/Bow Valley, Fort Saskatchewan, Hinton, Leduc, Rocky View, Spruce Grove, Strathcona County and Whitecourt are participating in this study.

The Alberta Municipality Constellation Project, which is spearheaded by FortisAlberta and the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) , will focus on assessing the economic, technical, and environmental factors associated with the transition to zero-emission buses.

The project hopes to:

  • Help participating transit agencies plan and integrate zero-emission buses
  • Model regional energy requirements to predict future electricity needs
  • Assess challenges related to grid-capacity requirements.

FortisAlberta is providing $110,000 in funding. The Government of Canada is providing $440,000 in funding through its Zero Emission Transit Fund (ZETF) in an agreement with CUTRIC.

Pending the outcome of this project, further opportunities exist via the Canadian Infrastructure Bank’s (CIB) Zero Emission Buses Initiative, which is pledging more than $1.5 billion in funding.

For more information, please contact danb [at] (Dan Blackburn), Senior Director of Growth & Innovation.