Maribyrnong City welcomes green-focused buses

Published on 06 June 2022

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Maribyrnong’s Mayor is welcoming a government trial of hydrogen-powered buses on local streets as part of a $20 million Zero Emissions Bus Trial, which also includes electric buses.

The ‘green’ fleet, Victoria’s first, will operate on 15 school services and 26 routes in the West including Footscray, Sunshine, Yarraville, Newport, Melton, and Williamstown.
Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran, said this is a welcome investment that will bring benefits to residents as well as commuters in the municipality.

“We know how important the move to renewable energy sources is, the demand for cleaner air, and what that means for our children and grandchildren.

“We are excited to see routes in Footscray and Yarraville as part of the trial and look forward to seeing the first of the new ‘green’ bus fleet running on cleaner fuels on our roads,” Mayor Tran continued.

Two hydrogen fuel cell buses and nine electric buses will operate from the Transit Systems depot in Footscray, with the first trial buses due expected to be picking up passengers in August 2022.

The trial will provide insight including how zero emissions buses perform and the energy and charging requirements for different types of routes to support a future roll out that will see commuters in the West and across the state travelling on at least 89 quieter, smoother and fume-free zero emissions buses each week by mid-2025.

“Maribyrnong City Council is also committed to green-focused vehicle goals as part of 96 high level goals outlined in the Climate Emergency Action Plan”, Mayor Tran added. This includes the transition of Council fleet vehicles to electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations and a new Electric Vehicle Charging Policy, which is further reinforced in the draft Air Quality Improvement Plan, scheduled for adoption in July.

Once adopted, the Air Quality Improvement Plan and the Climate Emergency Action Plan will be two key strategies focusing on emissions reduction, advocacy and the transition to zero greenhouse gas emissions in Maribyrnong by 2030.

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