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Charged and ready to go: YRT launching first electric bus

Newmarket – At 8:50 a.m. on Monday, June 29, York Region Transit (YRT) will launch its first electric bus from the Newmarket Terminal. The launch of this bus marks the start of a trial to gradually electrify the transit fleet and reducing York Region’s carbon footprint. Earlier this year, YRT received the first of their electric buses. The electric bus trial will operate on routes 55 Davis Drive and 44 Bristol in the Town of Newmarket.

When travelling on the electric bus, an additional noticeable benefit is how much quieter the vehicle is, minimizing the amount of noise for people travelling on the bus as well as in the community.

Electric bus technology will help the Region reach its objective of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2051.

Electric Bus

Over the next five years York Region has committed to $14 million in energy conservation initiatives. Strategies to reduce corporate emissions focus on transit, buildings, non-transit fleets and water and wastewater processes. Outlined in the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan is interim targets to ensure the Region remains on track to meet its 2051 Vision.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


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Tamara Ostrowski, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
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