London Transit engages CUTRIC to guide zero-emission bus rollout


The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is proud to announce that the London Transit Commission (LTC) has engaged CUTRIC’s Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) Consulting Services to plan and implement its transit electrification strategy.

With LTC having already completed a preliminary feasibility assessment, Canada’s finest and largest team of data scientists is adopting a seven-step methodology over the course of 2021 to guide LTC’s fleet electrification. Using the uniquely powerful and customizable RoutΣ.i™ 2.0 toolset, the team will analyze the costs, benefits, risks, and infrastructure, equipment and scheduling needs of the rollout, as well as deliver a ZEB Implementation Roadmap covering procurement planning and empirical data analytics.

“Transit agencies need neutral and science-based guidance that tells them how electrified buses will work in their communities. This technology is complicated and the change management associated with it cannot be under-estimated — it’s an entire energy system overhaul at the municipal level,” says CUTRIC President and CEO, Josipa Petrunic. “That’s why we support transit agencies and cities in providing precise information that empowers them to do the right things at the right times as they embrace electrification and decarbonization. Our team congratulates LTC for planning its energy transition in a prudent manner, and applauds the strategic vision-based progression and sustainable solution-building that the City of London is adopting to address the community’s urgent need for a clean and efficient transit system.”  

CUTRIC’s new RoutΣ.i™ 2.0 toolset offers a holistic planning solution encompassing the most advanced concepts in mathematics, physics, engineering and social sciences. Validated against real-time electric, hydrogen and natural gas bus data shared by transit agencies across North America, it breaks new ground by:

  • Promoting social equity by determining which neighbourhoods would benefit most from eliminating emissions and noise pollution.
  • Analyzing how the COVID-19 pandemic, and future crises, may affect vehicle and infrastructure requirements.
  • Helping jurisdictions achieve specific climate action, emissions-reduction and vehicle deployment targets, including the Government of Canada’s national goal of having 5,000 zero-emission buses on the road by 2024.

“Transit electrification and decarbonization is a complex process, but RoutΣ.i™ 2.0 makes it simple,” Petrunic says. “Whether you’re a transit agency, utility, consulting firm or government representative, CUTRIC will work with you to ensure you are 100 per cent satisfied with the outcomes of RoutΣ.i™ 2.0 feasibility studies and rollout plans.”


CUTRIC is a non-profit innovation consortium with a vision to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility. Through industry-led collaborative research and large-scale technology integration trials, CUTRIC is working to achieve this goal by focusing on technology development, integration and standardization of low-carbon propulsion systems and smart vehicle systems, data-driven analytics in mobility, and cybersecurity in transportation.

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