On July 15, 2021, the governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality announced a combined $112 million investment to expand the Ragged Lake Transit Centre and start the electrification of the Halifax Transit fleet.
The investment will be used to procure 60 new battery-operated electric buses and the associated charging equipment, as well as to expand the Ragged Lake Transit Centre to accommodate the new fleet.
The facility will also undergo a deep energy retrofit, including solar panels, to achieve a net-zero standard.
The Government of Canada is investing $44.8 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Program, the Nova Scotia government is investing more than $37 million, and the municipality is contributing $29.8 million.
Construction on the facility is expected to begin in 2022 and be complete by 2023. The request for proposals for the electric buses will be issued later this summer. All buses should be delivered by 2024, with the first deliveries in 2023.