$10 million announced for Ontario transit innovation

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Ontario will be investing $10 million over the next four years to develop next-generation transportation technologies.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that the province will provide the funds to the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).

“Ontario is a hotbed of activity in innovation and supporting technologies that will protect the environment, create good jobs and boost export sales around the world. Investing in the development of advanced transportation technologies is part of our four-part economic plan to create jobs and growth,” the Premier said.

A government release said that Industry and academic researchers are collaborating through CUTRIC to develop next-generation transportation technologies to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes R&D on new technologies such as lightweighting materials and autonomous software leading to demonstration and commercialization. This investment is part of the province’s Climate Change Strategy, supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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CUTRIC is also partnering with Brampton Transit to lead the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration Trial, a large-scale demonstration trial of zero-emission buses by seven transit agencies. The project will also involve a number of partners from transit agencies to utilities and bus manufacturers to demonstrate how electric buses can help the province meet its GHG emissions targets.

Investing in clean and innovative technologies is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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CUTRIC was founded in 2014 with financial support from the Canadian Urban Transit Association.- CINEWS

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