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Electric vehicle charging station installed in garage

EVLaunchGroup_Shot_Aug_26_2015___GalleryThe city has installed an electric vehicle charging station in the parking garage at 414 Locust St. in downtown Burlington – the first EV charging station in a municipal parking lot in the city.

Located on floor 1A of the parking garage, the recharging station allows electric vehicle owners to recharge their cars in a central downtown location. Two electric vehicles can be charged at one time. Charging will be free to the user, but they will need to pay for their parking spot during paid times. It costs about $1 to fully charge a vehicle, which takes about four hours.

The station installation came out of the Community Energy Plan budget, as one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

My Take:

I support the installation of the charger to assist residents who use electric vehicles as a way to reduce their own contribution to pollution. That said, electric vehicles won’t solve our larger transportation issues. If all cars on the highway were electric, we would still have congestion and time and productivity lost commuting. Our longer term goal must be supporting transit, building walkable communities, and bringing jobs closer to home so people don’t need to commute long distances.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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  1. The problem with public transportation is the lack of reliability. I work in Oakville so was just naturally taking the train. Found out the hard way that when there is a snowstorm then the GO trains from Toronto to Burlington are looped back to Toronto in Oakville. My car was at home and I was in Oakville with no way home. This was after being left at the local bus stop in Oakville for three hours with another dozen workers as all buses just drove past us with “out of service” showing on their signs. A giant nightmare I don’t wish to repeat.

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