LAVAL, QC, May 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Manufactured by DesignLine, the first exhaust-free urban bus in Québec has been making rounds
through the streets of Laval since April 29.
Operated in a closed run since this past February to test its
performance under real conditions, this electric bus is 40-feet
long—the same length as a standard urban bus—a first in all of North
Until August 25, this bus will be undergoing test trials along the
streets of Laval and on certain bus routes—first without and then with
transit users, in order to test its operating range, the charging
infrastructure as well as the impact of weather conditions on
reliability and performance. Around the end of the summer, transit
users will be able to try it out on certain bus lines on the regular
In the meantime, Laval residents will be able to try out the electric
bus according to the following schedule:
May 13 & 15, 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Presentation at Cartier terminus
June 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Presentation at the STL's Open House, 2250 avenue Francis-Hughes, Laval
June 9, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Presentation at the Salon du véhicule vert de Laval, which will be held at École Val-des-Arbres, 3145 rue Saguenay
June 15 & 16, July 6 & 7 and August 3 & 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free shuttles for riders between Montmorency and Le Carrefour terminuses
Please note that these schedules are subject to change. We encourage you
to consult our website (at stl.laval.qc.ca).
The STL's five major objectives in conducting these tests are as
To develop strong expertise in the field of electric-powered buses and to clarify the issues related to the use of this type of vehicle
To determine the impact of slow-charging technology on service planning
To identify the skills required in training the various parties concerned
To gather transit users' reactions to the vehicle, its noise, convenience,
accessibility, concept, etc.
To make sure that the ambitious objective of launching the electrification of public
transit, once the technology so allows and once it becomes financially
viable to do so, is feasible within the Laval context.
First carrier in North America
With the acquisition of this vehicle in December 2012, the STL became
the first transit corporation in North America to test a full-size,
slow-charging electric bus.
This acquisition comes within Ville de Laval's Mobility Plan, which aims
at a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from passenger
transportation in Laval by 2031.
As it may be recalled, the initiative was welcomed by Québec Transport
Minister Sylvain Gaudreault, who stressed that this project represents
a key milestone for the gradual electrification of public transit
throughout the territory. Many associations have also highlighted the
STL's exemplary leadership in public transit development and
environment protection as well as its contribution to developing the
urban public transit electrification strategy in Québec.
If all tests prove conclusive, the new vehicle will be integrated into
the STL's regular network starting this fall.
The STL, Facts and Figures
The STL operates over 20 million trips annually.
The STL has rolled out its STL Synchro system, which informs transit users, in real time, about bus schedules
and progress along its routes.
The overhaul of its bus network, made necessary by the extension of the
metro to Laval, gave rise to a 32% increase in service, faster trips,
more direct bus routes and an increase in ridership outside rush hours,
on evenings and weekends, on 12 routes.
The fare policy is aimed at encouraging families to use public transit:
an adult paying a regular fare on weekends and holidays may be
accompanied by up to five children of 11 years of age or under at no
extra charge. This policy also applies to every summer day from July 1
to Labour Day. Moreover, the $1 fare on smog alert days in summer is a
first in Québec.
The STL has also teamed up with the Association québécoise de lutte
contre la pollution atmosphérique, Communauto and The Carpooling
Network, to promote sustainable transportation in Laval.
All of the vehicles on the STL's fleet use B5 biodiesel fuel.
The STL announces news and service notices on its Facebook and Twitter
The STL offers its transit users the opportunity to register on My STL
in order to receive notices on the bus routes that they usually take
and obtain information on what's new at the STL.
Since the introduction of its Vehicle Scheduling Control System in 2009, the STL has increased its on-time performance to nearly 90%.
The STL has received a number of awards of distinction, including the Grand Prix for excellence in public transit from the AQTR in 2010, ranking it as
an outstanding corporation.
In 2011, the STL received the Communication Grand Public award from the AQTR for its Smog Alert program.
In May 2012, the STL launched its new service: STL Sustainable Mobility
Solution, designed for companies and organizations concerned about
finding ways of more efficiently managing their employees' commutes.
In May 2012, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) presented the
STL with its Corporate Leadership Award, in the Innovation category,
for its CLIC project: carpooling with electric vehicles.
In November 2012, the STL signed the Charter on Sustainable Development
of the UITP (International Association of Public Transport), as a
In March 2013, the STL became the first public transit corporation in
Québec to be certified as a "Healthy Enterprise".
SOURCE: Société de transport de Laval
For further information:
Director, Communications and Marketing
Société de transport de Laval