Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto Transit Commission

June 06, 2006 14:46 ET

TTC Pumps Up With Bio-Diesel All 1,700 Buses Are Now Bio-Buses

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - More than 1,700 TTC and Wheel-Trans buses are now running on bio-fuel. Bio-fuel is a mixture of vegetable oil and diesel. The TTC will be using a soy-diesel blend known as B5 (or five per cent bio-additive) in its supply of ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel.

The decision to switch to bio-fuel was made by the Commission on March 22 and comes after a year-and-a-half of testing various mixtures on 180 in-service buses. The bio-fuel proved to be the cleaner-burning and more energy-efficient choice.

Using B5 diesel will reduce harmful pollutants associated with smog and ozone depletion.

The bio-fuel will be used in more than 1,700 conventional and Wheel-Trans vehicles, including the TTC's new hybrid electric-diesel buses, which began arriving last April. Hybrid buses reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent compared to buses with conventional engines.

In 2005, TTC and Wheel-Trans buses carried 211 million riders over 115 million kilometres on 65 million litres of diesel fuel.

Public transit plays an important role in improving the air we breathe by reducing the number of cars on the roads; one 40-foot TTC bus takes an average of 45 cars off the road during rush hour.

The TTC is the better way to preserve the environment and save a little green. What better way to celebrate Clean Air Day on Wednesday, June 7 than by leaving the car at home and riding a TTC bio-bus!

Contact Information

  • Toronto Transit Commission
    Marilyn Bolton
    Media Relations
    (416) 393-3741