When are the politicians going to stop listening to the Green Freaks?
The buses have turned out to be a colossal waste of taxpayers money, just like the wind farms will prove to be.
Did the politicians ask a mechanic before they ordered the buses?
Did they let the engineers evaluate the wind energy idea before they went ahead?
Or did they listen to the rhetoric of people like Al Gore and David Suzuki.
I’d put my money on the latter.
Billions of taxpayer dollars are being wasted chasing the C02 boogie man.
It’s time to demand that your tax dollars go where they belong. Politicians continue to chase the boogie man while our health care,education,farm and manufacturing sectors all continue to suffer from underfunding.
This must stop now!
A perfectly good diesel bus costs $500,000. Instead, the city bought hybrid electric/diesel buses at $700,000 each.
Why? Because the only way Ottawa would give it the $300 million to buy the buses was if it bought “alternative fuel” vehicles. Naturally it complied. The only problem: the buses suck. They don’t save much fuel, and the batteries keep going kaput, requiring expensive towing operations by emission-spewing conventional vehicles.
So, in the name of environmental purity the federal government induced the city of Toronto to buy lousy buses at great expense, that don’t work well and don’t really save much in the way of fuel consumption.
TC wants to reopen Daimler contract for hybrid buses
Diesel vehicles seen as more reliable
Many of the Toronto Transit Commission’s nearly 500 diesel-electric hybrid buses have seen their rooftop lead-acid batteries fail after just 1½ years on the roads.
A handful of buses have even conked out mid-route, leaving passengers at the curb, TTC officials acknowledged.