The cost of an electric bus is more than most upscale homes. A report out this afternoon for city council’s meeting next week says each bus is worth $1.2 million. And Edmonton is looking at buying thirty of them. That’s up from the original idea to get five for a pilot project.
Federal funding became available earlier this year which prompted a larger purchase.
The report says Edmonton is considered a prime market by bus manufacturers for cold weather testing, so the city is confident it can negotiate a better price, and add more buses to the fleet.
An update on the annexation situation in Edmonton has been added to next week’s city council agenda. The information council gets to hear next Tuesday will be in public.
Mayor Don Iveson said he doesn’t have “a beef with Beaumont.” He said he’s reached out to Mayor Camille Berube to express that. It’s with minister Danielle Larivee he wants answers to see where things in Edmonton’s opinion went off the rails. Larivee says the Municipal Government Board made the decision, and she’s signed off on it
If the minister’s position they’re agreeing with the MGB then I respect and then I think the MGB made a mistake,” Iveson told reporters Thursday, two days after Larivee signed the order in council to make the annexation proposal final.
Iveson is open to annexing what Beaumont annexed. “That is a possibility,” he said. “It’s just extremely cumbersome to think about doing that.”
Next week’s report will also include an update on the talks with Leduc County, which Iveson said will be impacted by the Beaumont thinking.
Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc and Spruce Grove students will be added to the UPass program once the next semester hits in the new year. Fort Saskatchewan Mayor Gail Katchur said it will improve access.
“My children when they came into university and college, we paid for it but we didn’t have access to use it because we didn’t have a transit service. All of our students now will be able to do their home work on the bus. They can use it and they don’t have to pay another fee.
The new UPass arrangement is for students going to the U of A, MacEwan, NAIT and Norquest.
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