The federal government announced on Jan. 19 that is investing $350 million into Ottawa's electric bus program.
Ottawa's Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) is expected to replace the city's entire fleet of over 940 buses with electric ones by 2036. OC Transpo currently operates four electric buses.
The money will go towards supporting 350 buses, 232 charging stations and related infrastructure.
"Switching from switching to gas and diesel vehicles to electric is one of the important and impactful actions we can take to meet Ottawa's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 100 per cent by 2040," said Mayor Mark Sutcliffe at the announcement that took place at OC Transpo's headquarters.
The buses have not yet been purchased, and there still needs to be a procurement process, but the first 26 buses are expected to arrive and be put in service in the first half of 2024, with the next 76 coming one year later.
Laura Shantz, a board member with the Ottawa Transit Riders group, told The Sam Laprade Show on Jan. 23 she hopes that the process in delivering and launching the phases of the new buses will go smoother than what happened with Ottawa's light rail transit (LRT) system.
"That wasn't really the city's finest moment, with what happened with the LRT procurement," she said. "I really hope there's nothing scandalous because we have enough drama with public transit system. We just want to get people where they need to go."
Listen to the full interview with Laura Shantz below: