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- Membru Gold
La Vancouver - 90 de autobuze convertite
Westcoast Sightseeing a ales BYD Canada pentru a face tranziția înspre autobuze electrice. Compania de transport (cel mai mare operator privat din Vancouver) a căzut de acord pentru a lucra exclusiv cu BYD în convertirea întregii flote de 90 de autobuze. Westcoast face eforturi pentru a avea o flotă 100% electrică până în 2023. 4500 de tone de CO2 ar fi salvate în fiecare an.
Tot Westcoast a introdus și prima linie de vapoare electrice din Vancouver, conform SustainableBUS.
Link: https://www.sustainable-bus.com/electri ... fleet-byd/
La Montreal - 30 de autobuze electrice
Cel mai mare contract pentru autobuze electrice de până acum a fost câștigat de New Flyer. Este vorba despre 40 de autobuze electrice, dintre care 30 vor merge la Montreal și 10 la Laval.
Société de transport de Montréal (STM) - a doua cea mai circulată rețea de transport urban din Canada - va comanda numai autobuze electrice din 2025. Noile autobuze vor avea baterii de 466kWh, conform SustainableBUS.
Link: https://www.sustainable-bus.com/news/ca ... new-flyer/
La Quebec - 497 de autobuze hibride
Nova Bus, subsidiara americană a Volvo a primit cea mai mare comandă de autobuze hibride din istoria grupului (și cea mai mare comandă a Nova Bus). Cele 497 de hibride (12 metri) vor fi livrate în perioada 2020-2025. Mai mult, comanda prevede și opțiunea pentru încă 1028 de vehicule.
Autobuzele vor avea un motor diesel Cummins și unul electric Allison, potrivit SustainableBUS.
Link: https://www.sustainable-bus.com/hybrid/ ... lvo-group/
La Toronto - 20 autobuze electrice și 325 de hibride
10 autobuze electrice New Flyer de 12 metri vor intra în serviciu în Toronto, într-un proiect pilot derulat de autorități. Comanda cuprinde și o opțiune pentru încă 30, pe următorii 2 ani. Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) vrea ca din 2025 să cumpere numai autobuze cu 0 emisii, iar până în 2040 să aibă o flotă "all-electric", potrivit SustainableBUS.
Link: https://www.sustainable-bus.com/electri ... ommission/
10 autobuze electrice, modelul Catalyst E2 au fost comandate și de la Proterra. Odată cu cele 10 autobuze, aproape 5 milioane de litri de combustibil vor fi salvate de-a lungul serviciului și 1 milion de kilogramde de CO2 vor fi salvate anual, conform SustainableBUS.
Link: https://www.sustainable-bus.com/news/el ... -e2-model/
Tot TTC a comandat și 325 autobuze hibride Nova Bus, din care 55 vor sosi până la finalul anului. Primul autobuz efectuează deja teste. Bateriile și propulsia este construită de BAE System. Toate sistemele de la bord (uși, power steering, etc.) sunt controlate 100% electric.
Guvernul canadian și orașul Toronto investesc $370 milioane în aceste autobuze, pentru a sprijini autoritățile din Toronto să taie emisiile cu 80% până în 2025, potrivit SustainableBUS.
Link: https://www.sustainable-bus.com/hybrid/ ... -delivery/
- Membru Silver
Macar aia din Quebec City au gindit si au comandar hibride, dar sint extrem de curios sa vad flota de electrice din Moontreal la lucru, cind mai vine inca un val de -30 C ca in iarna trecuta.
Dar nu conteaza, la cite scamatorii face primaria din Montreal (vezi megalomanicul si interminabilul proiect de pe A20), astea 40 de autobuze intra la categoria maruntisuri.
- Membru Gold
Lunea aceasta, pe 16 noiembrie, Alstom a prezentat primele 2 rame driverless de metrou din familia Metropolis pentru Montreal, produse în India. Comanda totală este de 106 rame (212 vagoane):
CANADA: The first cars to be supplied by Alstom for the Réseau Express Métropolitain automated metro network in Montréal were formally unveiled by Groupe PMM on November 16.
Among the dignitaries attending the ceremony were Chantal Rouleau, Québec’s Minister for Transport; Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal; Charles Émond, President & Chief Executive Officer of Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec; and Souheil Abihanna, Managing Director of Alstom Canada.
Alstom is supplying 106 two-car trainsets from its Metropolis family, and four cars have so far been delivered to Montréal from its Sri City factory in India. The driverless trains are similar to those already in use on the Sydney metro, but adapted for Canadian winter conditions. The front end has been specifically shaped to prevent snow accumulation, and the cars have heated door thresholds, floors, and autocouplers, as well as ice protection equipment, heated windscreens and ice scrapers on the pantographs.
According to the manufacturer, the trains are designed ‘to perfectly fuse with the green spaces of the city’, offering passengers ‘breathtaking views’ through the large windows. The green and white livery selected by the public is inspired by the new Samuel De Champlain Bridge, with the headlights ‘directly recalling’ the stays of the bridge.
When complete, the 67 km REM serving 26 stations will be one of the world’s largest automated metro networks. It will connect the south shore suburbs in the east with the city centre, while the western branches will run to the airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Deux-Montagnes. Opening of the first section is planned for mid-2021.
In April 2018 project promoter CDPQ Infra awarded the C$5bn infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction contract to the Groupe NouvLR consortium of SNC-Lavalin Grands Projets, Dragados Canada, Groupe Aecon Québec, Pomerleau, EBC and AECOM. The Groupe PMM consortium of Alstom Transport Canada and SNC-Lavalin is responsible for supply of the rolling stock and railway systems as well as operations and maintenance.
Sursa: Railway Gazette
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- Membru Gold
Linia 3 a metroului din Toronto (linie de metrou de suprafata) va fi inlocuita cu autobuze din 2023:
The Toronto Transit Commission board has voted to replace the aging Line 3 Scarborough RT with new, express buses as of 2023 due to increasing infrastructure failures.
Details on the Line 3 replacement service are set to be released later in 2021. Staff will look at implementing express buses on a yet-to-be-determined route between Kennedy and Scarborough Centre stations as well as rejigging existing bus routes to service Lawrence East, Ellesmere and Midland stations.
Officials were directed to further assess two options for providing bus service as of 2023.
The first option would see new, dedicated buses begin to service the corridor at a higher, upfront cost, which wouldn’t impact the existing bus network.
The second option would see taking buses from the existing spare bus ratio until new buses could be purchased between 2027 and 2029, reducing the number of buses available should there be a need during subway line failures or other events impacting TTC service.
During Wednesday afternoon’s meeting, board members also voted to direct staff to include the option of a dedicated busway on the existing Line 3 corridor as part of public consultations on the replacement transit service. The consultations will include options for the future potential uses of the current Line 3 station lands.
“I just think nobody wanted to see this come to this point, but here we are,” Coun. Jaye Robinson, who is chair of the board, said Wednesday afternoon.
The decision to replace the Line 3 Scarborough RT with buses follows TTC staff’s recommendations for implementing new and revised bus services by in central Scarborough until the Line 2 subway extension opens, which is scheduled for 2030.
Staff said factoring in life-cycle costs, the TTC would need $522.4 million to keep trains operating until the extension opening — something they didn’t recommend. Officials also said there would still be a “high risk” of not having the trains operate as required.
The five-station, 6.4-kilometre Scarborough RT line, which runs above ground between Kennedy subway station and McCowan Road past Scarborough Town Centre, first opened in 1985 and was only designed to operate for 25 years. In 2019, it was estimated that approximately 35,000 passengers a day used Line 3 and 75 per cent of those passengers passed through Kennedy and Scarborough Centre stations.
Overhauls began in 2012 to extend the life of the RT so it could be used for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The TTC did a second, more extensive overhaul of equipment beginning in 2018 to keep the line operating, including address “major” train structural issues.
Extreme temperatures and inclement weather, combined with failing equipment, have meant dozens of days of speed restrictions and reduced train intervals.
TTC staff were working to keep the line open until 2026, which was in line with the previously forecast opening of the Scarborough subway extension. However, changing transit plans and other delays have pushed the anticipated opening to 2030.
Sursa: Global News
- Membru Gold
Austrian contractor Strabag and the Aecon-led West End Connectors consortium have been named “first negotiations proponents” to design, build and finance tunnels for two mass transit projects in Toronto by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and transit operator Metrolinx.
The two schemes are the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension projects, which are expected to have a total combined value of about US$3.5bn.
Metrolinx and IO will now work with each team to finalise their request for proposals with the aim of reaching financial close in the spring and breaking ground some time next year.
IO commented on its website: “Of the shortlisted teams invited to submit bids, those chosen were the highest ranked after the proposals were evaluated. Criteria included design and construction methodology, approach to managing the project and the collaborative behaviours of key individuals of the proponent teams.”
If all goes according to plan, Strabag will undertake the Scarborough Subway Extension project. This is a 7.8km extension of the Toronto Transit Commission’s Bloor–Danforth Line 2. As well as tunnelling, the scope includes the supply of a tunnel boring machine.
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A first draft of the planned Scarborough extension (Metrolinx)
The Strabag team includes UK consulting engineer Arup and Toronto engineer Brian Isherwood & Associates.
West End Connectors would build the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, which will add 9.2km to Toronto’s Line 5 and connect Mount Dennis Station to Renforth Drive.
The team is made up of Canadian contractor Aecon (40%), Spain’s Dragados (40%) and Italy’s Ghella (20%).
Joshua Engel-Yan, programme sponsor for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, said in a Metrolinx blog: “Once it’s built, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will not only provide the local community with access to rapid transit, but it will also close a key transit gap for the region, allowing people to travel easily from the east end of Toronto into Mississauga.”
IO and Metrolinx plan to issue separate contracts for the remainder of the two projects, which will include the construction of stations, fitting out of the tunnels and installing and commissioning the systems to put trains into service.
Sursa: Global Construction News
- Membru Gold
Metrolinx, the public transport authority of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, has presented the latest analysis on the way Toronto’s Yonge North Subway extension will make commutes faster and easier for tens of thousands of people travelling between York Region and Toronto.
The release of an updated business case is an important step forward for the project, which calls for roughly 8 km of new metro service on TTC’s Line 1, extending north from Finch station to Richmond Hill.
The planning teams investigated three options for the route, or alignment, the extension will follow. One of the more noticeable and innovative changes in the updated plan is how the line will run at ground level in the northern part of the extension, linking up with the CN rail route in the area of Langstaff Road, instead of tunneling all the way to Richmond Hill. Adjusting the route of the line in this area will better position the project to serve the Richmond Hill Centre and Langstaff Gateway urban growth centres, which are poised for significant development. Creating stronger connections here will mean better connections to transit, including the Richmond Hill GO train line, and less traffic congestion as communities grow. This shift will also ensure the project can be built in less time by minimising lengthy and disruptive excavations, in turn reducing inconveniences to neighbouring communities.
The adjusted plans also protect for further extension of the line in the future by positioning the northern end of the project along a pre-existing rail corridor. Since building above ground is also less costly, this approach maximises the number of stations included in the project. It also positions the northern stations at sites that provide better transit connections and more opportunities for nearby communities to grow and evolve.
The station previously referred to as Richmond Hill Centre has been tentatively re-named High Tech station and moves slightly south-east of the original site. It will be built at surface level. The Langstaff station mentioned in the previous proposals now moves east and slightly north, to be built at surface level between Highway 7 and Highway 407. This station is tentatively called Bridge station that will provide a convenient connection to the Richmond Hill GO train line and many local and GO Transit bus services.
While all six previously envisioned stations were studied in the business case, detailed analysis shows that the CAD 5.6 billion (USD 4.45 billion) funding envelope announced for the project can accommodate four stations, if the extension follows the newly proposed alignment.
Steeles, Bridge and High Tech stations were determined to be essential for maximising the benefits of the project which will significantly improve access to frequent rapid transit services.
During construction, the project is expected to support the equivalent of 4,300 full-time jobs each year, leading to new opportunities for businesses and workers that provide the services and equipment needed to build and operate the extension.
The Yonge North Subway extension will have a capacity of 94,100 boardings per day and put 26,000 more people within a 10-minute walk to a station. The project is expected to reduce commute times to downtown Toronto by as much as 22 minutes.
It’s predicted that the metro extension will reduce the total distance travelled by cars during the morning rush hour by 7,700 km, leading to a reduction of 4,800 tonnes in road-related greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Sursa: Railway Pro
- Membru Gold
Three hundred new electric buses could soon be coming to TTC’s fleet.
The Toronto Transit Commission is looking to massively increase its existing 60 electric busses, discussing the proposed 300 additions at its upcoming April 14 board meeting.
“Our TTC has been a leader when it comes to creating an environmentally friendly bus fleet and transit system,” said Mayor John Tory. “Moving to greenlight the purchase of 300 more eBuses will ensure that we continue to expand our green fleet.”
The TTC already approved a $550 million procurement strategy back in October 2020, outlining plans for the electric buses, the procurement of 300 hybrid buses, 70 Wheel-Trans buses, and 13 streetcars.
Toronto’s first 60 electric buses hit the streets in June 2019. In October of the following year, the TTC began evaluating the service quality of the eBuses.
Although the analysis results, released on Thursday, found that all three types of electric buses procured either required improvements or fell below the performance of the hybrid buses, the TTC believes that the buses’ manufacturers have been able to address these issues and are confident going forward with more buses.
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“The introduction of eBuses in our transit system has helped us move forward with our climate change goals and our plan to reduce our carbon emissions in the city,” Tory said. “We know we need to do more work on this quickly. The discussions at the next board meeting are a demonstration of the commitment the TTC has to becoming greener and cleaner and the continued work that is being done to build up and modernize our transit system across Toronto.”
The electric buses, once approved for procurement, are expected to be delivered between 2023 and 2025.
The TTC also plans to make the entire fleet of buses zero-emissions by 2040, eliminating all diesel emissions and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 250,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
“I am so proud of the continued innovation by our team as we work towards a greener, more sustainable future,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “As one of North America’s largest transit organizations, we are pleased to lead the charge towards full-electrification and help pave the way for other cities and agencies to adopt or advance their green bus programs.”
The TTC Board meeting will take place on April 14 at 10 am and can be live streamed on the TTC Youtube channel.
Sursa: Toronto Urbanized
- Membru Gold
The Toronto Transit Commission, which already operates North America’s largest electric bus fleet is looking to spend $300 million on their green fleet expansion, which includes key partnerships with Toronto Hydro and Ontario Power Generation
Editor’s Note: this story was updated to reflect OPG and Toronto Hydro’s role as described in the TTC’s 2021 board report.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is taking a leap forward in its race to total fleet electrification by adding another 300 electric buses to existing 60 pure electric vehicle fleet, which is already the largest of any city in North America.
The latest purchases, which carries a $300-million price tag, also comes just six months after the TTC approved procurement of an additional 300 hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) buses for $390 million.
The HEVs will begin to arrive in 2022, followed by the fully electric vehicles in 2023, with the aim of having all 300 of the newest buses in service by early 2025.
TTC Commissioner and city councillor Brad Bradford broke the news in a tweet: “Toronto is home to North America’s largest fleet of electric buses — and it’s growing! Today…we authorized the procurement of 300 e-buses to bolster our surface transit network and move us forward on our goal of a zero-emissions fleet by 2040.”
In a follow-up interview with Electric Autonomy Canada, Bradford describes the purchase as “a very significant and monumental order. It demonstrates our commitment at the TTC to being a leader in long-range battery electric buses.”
Building on long-term plan
The expansion is further realization of the TTC’s Green Bus Technology Plan, which previously paved the way for the 60 electric bus purchase. In that deal, the TTC bought 20 buses each from three different vendors: Proterra, New Flyer and BYD Canada. In 2019, it put the first of those vehicles into operation, with a plan to monitor their performance in a head-to-head evaluation, the preliminary results of which were released this week.
That study, looking at nine different criteria, found New Flyer’s NFI XE40 was the only fully electric bus model to meet or exceed the TTC’s targets in four key domains: system compatibility; accessibility; vehicle performance; and vendor performance.
“[W]hile improvements are required to all eBus platforms, all manufacturers have demonstrated a commitment to making the required improvements to our existing fleet and to their next generation of long-range battery-electric buses,” reads the TTC’s report on the evaluation. “The lessons learned to date found no ‘show stoppers’ to the TTC’s progress toward full-fleet electrification.”
But there are no clear indicators drawn from the report in terms of which model of buses the TTC will be buying. The Request For Proposal (RFP) to fill the upcoming 300 bus order from the TTC is available to all vendors and Bradford says the transit agency is “open” to all options available on the market. What is indicated in terms of buying strategy is the TTC is coordinating with other transit agencies to benefit from a single electric bus “procurement specification with the immediate benefit of reducing cost through economies of scale.”
The performance baseline used to compare the three electric buses to was set by the TTC’s Nova HEV buses, the first of which went into service in 2018 and have, by the TTC’s account, exceeded in all nine criteria categories. The TTC has 225 HEVs from Nova Bus, currently, in its fleet.
Bradford said all of the vehicles’ engines performed well in the environment and didn’t struggle with any of the more harsh weather Toronto gets throughout the year. The head-to-head evaluation demonstrated electric bus motors perform well. Generally the issues in the report arose with body corrosion and accessibility challenges — both of which Bradford is confident can be remedied.
“The nice thing about this is that it is an evolving technology. So even what was on offer in the marketplace five years ago is different than what’s available today and it will be different than what is available in two or three years. The range is increasing, the charge time is decreasing, reliability and performance of these vehicles is improving.”
A critical element of any fleet’s expansion is its ability to scale charging infrastructure simultaneously with vehicle procurement. On a project this big, the TTC saw its natural partners to be Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd., a utility, and Ontario Power Generation, the province’s largest energy producer.
Toronto Hydro is responsible for the “responsible for upgrading the electrical supply to TTC properties” while OPG “co-invests, designs, builds, owns and operates electrification infrastructure on TTC property,” according to the TTC’s 2021 board report.
Previous reporting by Electric Autonomy last fall took a deeper look at OPG’s fleet support services, in which the TTC partnership was referenced. Bradford credits the partnership with making the TTC’s transition thus far a success and he says the future for the agency is green.
“We’re thrilled here at the TTC to be leading on this [electric transition] front. It brings accountability to our commitment to reducing our greenhouse gases as a transit agency,” says Bradford. “I’m bullish. I’m optimistic about the future of battery-charged electric buses.”
Sursa: Electric Autonomy
- Membru Gold
Alstom va livra inca 60 de tramvaie Flexity catre TTC:
2 June 2021 – Alstom will supply a total of 60 Flexity 100% low-floor, zero-emission light rail vehicles (LRVs) to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in Ontario, Canada, under a contract valued at over €275 million. The new streetcar order will be used to meet Toronto’s ridership demands and growth needs.
“Alstom would like to thank our customer, the TTC, for their continued confidence in our zero-emission Flexity streetcars,” said Jérôme Wallut, President, Alstom Americas. “Over the years, our innovative, reliable, Made-in-Canada rail products have established themselves as a signature element of Toronto’s iconic cityscape and contribute daily to the sustainable economic and social development of our Canadian cities.”
The Flexity LRVs for the TTC are five-module, uni-directional vehicles with all-wheel drive. They are based on light rail technology modified to TTC specifications and special requirements of Toronto’s streetcar network. To date, 204 streetcars have been delivered to the TTC, and the additional order of 60 streetcars will help maintain jobs and expertise, particularly at Alstom’s site in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which has experience assembling and testing previously delivered streetcars to the TTC.
The streetcar project will be supported by Alstom sites in St-Bruno and La Pocatière, Quebec, which will provide project management and certain component sub-assembly, respectively. It will allow Alstom to maintain 400 jobs at the Thunder Bay and La Pocatière facilities.
- Membru Gold
The Ontario government has officially broken ground on the future three-stop of Scarborough Subway extension which will deliver better, faster, and more reliable transit that the people of Greater Toronto Area need.
“This long overdue project will create thousands of jobs, significantly increase ridership capacity and cut down daily travel times for more than a hundred thousand Scarborough commuters,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said.
The project is estimated to support as many as 3,000 jobs annually during construction and unlock better access to employment spaces, schools and other key destinations throughout the city for Scarborough residents.
In May, the Ontario province announced that Strabag consortium won a fixed-price contract of CAD 757.1 million (USD 616.3 million) to design, build and finance the tunnel for the Scarborough metro project. The consortium comprises Arup Canada and Brian Isherwood & Associates Ltd as the design team.
To expedite work on the extension, tunnelling for the 7.8-km extension from Kennedy Station to McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue will take place first. Advanced tunneling will be followed by contracts for the balance of the work.
The metro line will extend the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Line 2 7.8 km further into Scarborough, with stations at Lawrence Avenue and McCowan Road, Scarborough Centre, and Sheppard Avenue and McCowan Road.
It is expected that the extension will provide an estimated 38,000 people with walking distance access to rapid transit and see 105,000 daily boardings by 2041. The extension will reduce the number of vehicle kilometres travelled during rush hour by 30,000 km, significantly reducing traffic congestion and road-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10,000 tonnes annually.
The “groundbreaking is an important step forward in getting the Scarborough Subway Extension built. This delivers on a commitment made by the City, provincial and federal governments to the residents of Scarborough,” John Tory, the Mayor of Toronto said.
The project is part of a CAD 28.5 billion (USD 23.2 billion) investment announced by the province to modernise and expand the transit system in Greater Toronto Area. In addition to the Scarborough Subway extension, the plan includes the all-new Ontario Line, the Eglinton Crosstown West extension and the Yonge North Subway extension.
In May, the Canadian Government agreed to pay 40 per cent share, up to CAD 10.7 billion (USD 8.7 billion), of Ontario’s four nationally significant metro projects. The Ontario budget for 2021, outlines the province’s investment of CAD 61.6 billion (USD 50 billion) over 10 years to build new and expanded transit infrastructure across Ontario.
Sursa: Railway Pro