This webinar discusses strategies based on real-world experiences that can be employed during the facility planning phase that may assist you in planning your zero-emission fleet transition – with the aim being that the solution should be both rational and scalable and provide you with the ability to deploy zero emission fleets at a larger scale further down the road while minimizing disruptions to ongoing facility operations.
Developing a Zero Emissions Integration Strategy Part 1: Planning Phase Scenarios for a New Build and Retrofit of Existing Transit Facility
Embracing a transition to zero emission buses, including planning for new MSFs or the retrofit of existing facilities, extends well beyond simply acquiring a new ‘green fleet’. It requires a wider focus, involving consultation, collaboration and coordination between numerous stakeholders. These include internal user groups such as maintenance personnel, as well as regulatory bodies, governments, utilities, manufacturers & suppliers, service providers, and specialists such as climate resiliency consultants.
Integrating all the elements required for a successful fleet transition requires visionary planning straight from the get-go. Otherwise, fleet owners risk making missteps in their transition to zero-emissions vehicles. For instance, they may skip too quickly through research and planning steps at the beginning; they start off too quickly and leap to partial solutions, then must head back to the starting line. This can lead to lost time and throw-away costs.
The panelists of this event discuss strategies based on their real-world experiences, that can be employed during the facility planning phase that may assist you in planning your zero-emission fleet transition – with the aim being that the solution should be both rational and scalable and provide you with the ability to deploy zero emission fleets at a larger scale further down the road while minimizing disruptions to ongoing facility operations.
Erin Cooke, P.Eng, PMP – Project Manager - Bus Electrification Program, Winnipeg Transit
Erin is an accredited Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 18 years of experience managing technology projects in the transit and specialty vehicle industries. Erin currently oversees Winnipeg Transit’s bus electrification program, where she analyzes technological, operational, financial, and environmental considerations involved in transitioning to a zero-emission fleet. Her recently released Transition to Zero-emission Technology Evaluation Report provides the framework for Winnipeg Transit to evaluate currently available zero-emission technology and support future decisions on transit electrification.
Her previous work includes designing and managing battery-electric and (hydrogen) fuel cell-electric transit bus projects at New Flyer. Notable projects include New Flyer’s first 60-foot fuel cell-electric bus and the commercial launch of their 40-foot fuel cell-electric buses for California transit agencies, as well was a 40-foot battery-electric deployment for TriMet in Portland, Oregon.
Paul Netzband – Partner, EquiCharge Solutions
Paul is a technology innovator, program manager and systems designer. He specializes in fleet electrification solutions, charger and energy control software, telecommunications, computer systems and networking. Paul also has experience in Azure and GCP Cloud-based applications, data science, machine learning and analytics software solutions.
Paul was the principal architect and designer of the City of Edmonton’s Electric Bus Program from 2016 to 2020. He designed five zero-emission transit facilities, built two facilities (including Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage), influenced the SAE J3105 Standard, and launched forty 660 kWh battery-electric buses in 2020, with twenty more to be in-service in 2022.
Paul has spent over 60% of his consulting career in the public sector and co-founded EquiCharge Solutions in 2021. Together with his partners, EquiCharge has over 11 years of ZEV experience, primarily in fuel cell electric and battery-electric buses
Andres Baez - Transit and Transportation Planner, Morrison Hershfield
Andres has more than 14 years of experience planning and engineering multi-modal transit systems in the context both of complex urban environments and in rural / suburban environments. Andres’ focus is to create a balanced approach to planning and engineering to deliver context-sensitive design solutions for his clients.
Andres has very recent experience with the planning of future bus garages for BC Transit, involving strategies for phased fleet transition to BEBs, and he provided traffic and transportation engineering services in connection with the KATG for Edmonton Transit.
Duncan Pringle (Facilitator) – Director, Business Development - Transit, Morrison Hershfield
Duncan is a Principal of Morrison Hershfield, where he is the Director of Business Development – Transit. He has worked in the consulting engineering industry for more than 40 years and has 35 years’ experience in the delivery of multidiscipline assignments for transit clients across Canada, spanning the full spectrum of transit modes and infrastructure.
Based in the firms’ Markham Ontario head office, Duncan has been involved with the procurement and delivery of numerous bus operations, storage and maintenance facility projects for major Canadian transit clients, including BC Transit, TransLink, Calgary Transit, Edmonton Transit, Grand River Transit, Metrolinx, the Toronto Transit Commission and York Region Transit – often serving as Corporate Sponsor on these inherently complex projects.