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The Canadian transit fleet has undergone a rapid replacement in the past years. There have been introductions of several new bus drive train technologies and fuel types, as such transit managers continue to require access to qualified, unbiased emissions and fuel consumption performance data. This ensures that they can identify the most efficient and cost effective bus model configurations for their fleet needs. Since the average useful life of an urban transit bus in Canada is between
15 and 20 years, the BusInfo project presents an opportunity to affect overall emissions as the industry continues to renew the fleet. As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Urban Transit Association have partnered to produce this on-line tool that transit managers and the public in general can reference. This project was financially supported in part by Natural Resources Canada's FleetSmart.
The purpose of the Project is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the reduced consumption and alternative fuels by transit vehicles. The objective is to place a database of fuel consumption and emissions performance
in the public domain. It will also serve as a source of benchmark performance data as the transit systems will also be encouraged to supply operational and cost data from their current operations. It is intended that this Project continue to be developed, with additional phases, in order to present additional operational data such as low temperature effects on vehicle operation, new propulsion technologies, and new fuels.