Cochrane, Alberta, June, 1, 2023 — Today, George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, His Worship Jeff Genung, Mayor of Cochrane, and Josipa Petruni_, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), announced a joint investment of $103,800 to plan for the electrification of Cochrane’s transit fleet.
Through this investment, the Town will undertake a planning study that will look at the electrification of Cochrane On-Demand Local Transit. It will involve assessing the economic, technological, and environmental benefits of transitioning to a low-carbon fleet of vehicles, as well as the potential risks and constraints.
By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.
“Across the country, communities are taking climate action by looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The town of Cochrane is doing just that by planning a possible transition of their on-demand transit service to a full fleet of zero emission vehicles. As communities continue to upgrade local infrastructure to help achieve Canada’s emission reduction targets, residents also benefit from a cleaner, quieter and more efficient commuting option.”
George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“The town of Cochrane is excited for the Government of Canada’s investment in our community and pleased to provide our support as we work towards our commitment to environmental stewardship and enhanced connectivity.”
His Worship Jeff Genung, Mayor of Cochrane
“Decarbonizing public transit isn’t just a choice, it’s a necessity, and today’s announcement in a small municipality like Cochrane showcases a bold step toward not only reducing our carbon footprint, but enhancing the quality of life for residents. On-demand transit offers flexible and efficient transportation tailored to the demands of a community, and by embracing innovative technologies and data-driven approaches, Cochrane is seizing another opportunity to be a leader in Canada’s sustainable future.”
Josipa Petruni, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium