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Hybrid buses are a logical choice for the STM

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Questions have been raised in the past few weeks regarding the acquisition strategies of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the reliability of its buses.

While we mean no offence to our detractors, the STM cannot afford the luxury of a short-sighted planning process. Without a long-term strategy, supported by a sound environmental vision, we simply could not fulfill our mandate. It is a question of responsibility; but above all it’s a pledge we make to our customers who use our network of buses, metro and paratransit 1.5 million times every single day.

We are criticized for not having chosen to buy electric buses right away. This criticism reveals a clear misunderstanding of the bus industry. The STM is far from being the only public transit operator to have chosen to add hybrid buses to its fleet to replace biodiesel buses, while waiting for electrification to become a reality. Hybrid represents the best option today for allowing us to increase service.

Our goal is to fully electrify our bus fleet, starting at........

© Montreal Gazette