Ottawa selects AECOM for electric bus plans
By Adam FreillConstruction Green Construction Infrastructure
Infrastructure consulting firm selected by the City of Ottawa as prime consultant for OC Transpo Electric Bus Garage.
AECOM has been appointed prime consultant for the development of a new electric bus garage as a part of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission’s Zero Emission Bus Project. The multi-year project aims to convert the City’s bus fleet from diesel to zero-emission by 2036, with the goal of keeping transportation efficient and affordable for commuters. The project includes a new garage to support the transit plan.
“We are drawing on more than 15 years of North American experience in zero emission technology to support the City of Ottawa’s transition to greener transit,” said Richard Barrett, chief executive for AECOM’s Canada region. “The city’s investment in their energy transition to zero-emission vehicles is one of the most impactful actions it can take to meet its reduction targets.”
As the prime consultant, AECOM has teamed up with GRC Architects to provide building and site infrastructure for the planning, design and construction administration. The new Zero Emission Bus facility located at the St. Laurent Boulevard Campus will house and charge 84 of the city’s new electric buses.
“We have a proven track record of collaborating on a variety of decarbonization projects for transit agencies, municipalities and private organizations,” said Walter Gaudet, AECOM’s regional business line Lead for Buildings + Places Canada. “Our experience designing LEED-certified bus facilities means we understand the unique requirements of evolving transit operations and maintenance facilities.”
This project will play a crucial role in the city’s Climate Change Master Plan, an overarching framework aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and respond to current and future effects of climate change. According to the city, Ottawa’s transportation sector contributes 44 per cent of the city’s community greenhouse gas emissions.