Ever been stuck behind a diesel bus in gridlocked traffic, with no way to escape its choking, smelly fumes?
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“Meanwhile, throughout Europe and across Canada and the US, transit buses are shutting down while parked for an extended period. These are the same buses we use, so there is no mechanical reason why we can’t do it here.”
There aren’t many days when the weather is so extreme that buses need to idle for passenger comfort, he said, adding that fuel savings and reduced air pollution are also good reasons to turn the engines off.
Rieck believes the TTC would save at least $ 4 million annually in fuel costs by keeping idling to an absolute minimum, while reducing pollution would improve air quality and result in health care savings.
Keeping idling to a bare minimum “is something that is done in other cities across North America, so we should be able to do it here,” said Leary, who worked previously for the Boston and York Region transit systems.
Most of the TTC’s fleet of about 1,750 buses are diesel or hybrids that partly rely on a diesel engine, some of which can’t be shut down for three minutes after they’re parked, due to potential engine damage, he said.
“If you’re going to be at a station for 11 minutes, we’re asking ourselves, do you really need to be idling the whole time? I think the answer is no, but we need to come up with something that is consistent.”
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