St. Albert Leading Transportation Innovation

St. Albert has set a new standard for innovation in transportation.  Our city is leading transit agencies across Canada by introducing electric bus technology into regular transit service.

This spring, three new BYD electric buses commenced operation in our community on a revolving schedule that would ensure all transit patrons in St. Albert were given the opportunity to ride these state-of-the-art buses as quickly as possible.

Electric buses offer a fresh experience in public transit.  Riders will be surprised by the absence of noise and exhaust fumes.  Our BYD buses offer a quiet ride – no roaring of the diesel engine as it pulls into the stop, no clouds of exhaust smoke to disturb our natural environment.

Quiet operation and the elimination of diesel exhaust are two of the immediate benefits experienced by transit users as well as residents living on bus routes.

The financial and environmental business case for adopting these new electric buses is compelling:

  • Cost to “fuel” an electric bus: $.09/km in electricity.
  • Cost to fuel a diesel bus: $.45/km

The savings of $0.36 per kilometer equates to an annual savings of approximately $17,000 per bus.  Add to this figure the expected maintenance savings of approximately $20,000 per bus, St. Albert’s anticipated annual savings could be close to $37,000 per bus. Based on these estimated figures, the entire capital cost premium to purchase these electric buses would be realized within the first 10 years of their 18-year life span.

The environmental case for the electric bus is just as persuasive.  Given the BYD electric buses do not produce curb side emissions and the power needed to charge the bus batteries is generated off-site, St. Albert will benefit from the entire calculated reduction in CO2 gases which may reach 100 MT of CO2 annually per bus.

Environmentally clean + cheap to operate + quiet to drive = great for St. Albert, the Botanical Arts City!

(Electric Bus comparison data: Electric Bus Analysis for New York Transit – Columbia University May 2016)