Eight New Buses in Circulation

Eight new transit buses will hit the streets of Charlottetown, Cornwall, and Stratford thanks to government funding
Posted on 04/29/2021
The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island, the City of Charlottetown, and the Towns of Stratford and Cornwall are making investments in public transit that will improve the transit user experience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.

Officials gathered in Charlottetown today to celebrate the addition of eight buses to the T3 Transit fleet serving Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford. Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined the Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for Prince Edward Island, to mark the event. Also attending were Philip Brown, Mayor of Charlottetown; Minerva McCourt, Mayor of Cornwall; Steve Ogden, Mayor of Stratford; and Mike Cassidy, owner of T3 Transit.

The announced acquisition will feature two 40’ buses, four 35’ buses and two mini-buses, all of which offer tremendous improvements in fuel efficiency, accessibility and comfort. The buses will feature the SmartRider system, which provides a computer-controlled motion reduction system offering a smoother ride for passengers, new and improved fareboxes, as well as all the amenities that local riders have come to expect such as free Wi-Fi for passenger use, security cameras, Automatic Vehicle Location software (AVL), and bike racks. The buses are fully accessible with both kneeling and ramp extension capability to ensure accessibility for all users. The buses are also equipped with destination signs, which allow route descriptions to be displayed on exterior screens.

For public transit users, these new buses will accommodate current and future public transit ridership and greatly improve the overall travel experience. For T3 Transit, it will reduce maintenance costs, improve fleet management and tracking, and allow T3 to decommission and perform maintenance on its older buses.