Canada, Ontario and Hamilton partner on public transit: Hamilton's new Hybrid Buses a first in Canada



    HAMILTON, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - David Sweet, MP for
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, together with
Jennifer Mossop, MPP for Stoney Creek on behalf of the Honourable Donna
Cansfield, Ontario Minister of Transportation, and His Worship Fred
Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton, were joined today by representatives of
Hamilton transit users to introduce Hamilton Street Railway's new fleet of
eco-friendly hybrid buses. The fleet is composed of 12 diesel/electric hybrid
buses - including seven 60-foot articulated buses - the first of their kind in
Canada. These new, quieter buses will help lower greenhouse gas emissions,
improve air quality and increase capacity for public transit users in
Hamilton.
    "Through public transit investments, Canada's New Government is helping
communities such as Hamilton improve their quality of life and their
environment," said MP Sweet. "This Government has an unprecedented $33 billion
infrastructure plan that will work to support Canadians - our environment and
our economy."
    "The McGuinty government is committed to improving Ontario's
transportation infrastructure through record investments in public transit and
highways," said MPP Mossop. "Municipalities are buying more buses, adding more
routes and service hours. People who live and work in Hamilton will spend less
time waiting for a bus, are more likely to get a seat on weekends and in the
mornings and evenings."
    "Today Hamilton has once again reinforced its leadership role among
Canadian municipalities in providing residents with environment-friendly
technology and services," said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger. "These hybrid
buses complement Hamilton's many environmental initiatives - initiatives that
are bringing healthy change to the Greater Hamilton Area today and for
generations to come."
    The hybrid buses are part of an $18 million bus fleet purchase using $6
million in federal Gas Tax Funds, $3.4 million of the provincial Gas Tax and
Ontario Transit Vehicle Program (OTVP) funds and $8.5 million from the City of
Hamilton. Last month, a fleet of 22 conventional lower emission diesel buses
went into service in Hamilton.
    Through these kinds of partnerships, all orders of government can work
together to make our cities and communities better places to live.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Office of Lawrence Cannon
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Jamie
Rilett, Office of the Ontario Minister of Transportation, (416) 327-9134; Bob
Nichols, Communications Branch, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, (416)
327-1158; Don Hull, Director of Transit, Public Works Department, City of
Hamilton, (905) 546-2424, ext. 1860; Infrastructure Canada, Communications
Directorate, (613) 948-1148

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