LAVAL, QC, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In late 2012, the Société de transport de Laval took possession of a fully electric 40-ft bus, the length of a regular
This is a first for Quebec and even Canada, in regards to use within an
Built by the American manufacturer Design Line, the vehicle is equipped with slow charge batteries, giving it an
estimated autonomy of over 200 kilometres.
In the course of the next few months, the bus will be subjected to a
series of tests. In fact, the members of the Maintenance and
Engineering team as well as the STL drivers will be evaluating its
reliability, the driving conditions, its actual autonomy, and its
The vehicle will be gradually put to use as early as this spring, which
will allow for the expansion of tests and gathering of comments from
The results will be shared with our partners at other transportation
The STL wants to sincerely thank its partners: Hydro-Québec, the ministère des Transport du Québec and AVT (Acquisition and Management of Transportation and Vehicles
"I am proud to collaborate with the STL in making a tangible impact for
sustainable development in Laval. The environment is one of the major
challenges of my generation and I hope that in fifteen years, all the
transportation corporations will have followed suit in the
electrification of their fleet. This is another step towards our energy
independence", commented Mr. Bureau-Blouin, MNA for Laval-des-Rapides.
"Hydroelectric energy happens to be one of our greatest riches, pointed
out Mr. Sylvain Gaudreault, Quebec's Minister of Transport. This is why
we are aiming for a gradual electrification of mass transit on the
entire territory. The pilot project that is starting up today is an
important milestone in that direction."
"This initiative, of which we are very proud, inserts itself perfectly
within the framework of our Sustainable Mobility Plan, mentioned the President of the Board of the STL, Mr. Jean-Jacques
Beldié. This is an efficient way to reach our reduction of greenhouse
gas target. Our research and experiments will also contribute to
provide information to the Autorités organisatrices de transport (AOT) (Transport Organising Authorities) that are all working towards
the electrification of mass transit."
Laval's mayor, Mr. Alexandre Duplessis, is very pleased about this
purchase: "I'm very proud that the STL was able to acquire the first
100% electric bus in Quebec, and even Canada, under comparable
conditions. Laval is implementing several initiatives aimed at reducing
GHG emissions: the Sustainable Mobility Plan and Évolucité are two tangible projects that will facilitate reaching our goal of
reducing 50% of GEG emissions by 2031."
"We are more than happy to take part in this experiment, declared
Hydro-Québec's Mr. Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director - Strategic
Planning. The data collected will be of great value to the evolution of
Therefore, as of 2013, a fully electric bus will be travelling the
streets of Laval.
The STL, Facts and Figures
The STL oversees over 20 million trips yearly.
The STL deployed its STLSynchro system that informs clients of bus schedules and movements in real
The review of its bus network, made necessary by the arrival of the
métro, translated into a 32% service increase, faster trips, more
direct lines and an increase in ridership outside rush hours, on
evenings and weekends, on 12 lines.
The fare policy is aimed at encouraging families to use mass transit: an
adult paying a regular fare on weekends and holidays may be accompanied
by up to five children of 11 years of age or younger at no extra
charge. This policy also applies to every summer day from July 1st to Labour Day. Moreover, the $1 fare on smog alert days in summer is a
It also works with the AQLPA (Quebec Association to Fight Against Air
Pollution), Communauto and a carpooling network to encourage
sustainable transportation in Laval.
All of its fleet's vehicles use B5 biodiesel fuel.
The STL transmits news and service advisories on its Facebook page and
Its clients have the option of registering with MaSTL to receive notices related to bus lines they routinely use and obtain
information on what's new at the STL.
Since the introduction in 2009 of its Vehicle Scheduling Control System, the STL has been registering an increased rate of punctuality of
The STL is the recipient of several achievement awards, among them the
AQTR's Grand prix d'excellence en transport en commun in 2010, acknowledging its excellence as a mass transit corporation.
In 2011, the STL received the Communication Grand Public prize from the AQTR for its Smog Alert program.
In May 2012, the STL launched its new service: STL Sustainable Mobility Solution, designed for companies and organisations interested in better
management of their employees' commutes.
In May 2012, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) presented the
STL with its Corporate Leadership Award, in the Innovation category,
for its CLIC project: carpooling with electric vehicles.
In November 2012, the STL signed the UITP's (International Association
of Public Transport) Charter on Sustainable Development as a committed member.
SOURCE: Société de transport de Laval