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City of Saskatoon Vehicle Fuel

    Status: Needs improvement 

The City of Saskatoon uses gasoline and diesel fuel to power its buses, police and fire vehicles, its fleet of other road vehicles, and its construction and maintenance equipment. This fossil fuel use creates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Where are we now?

Fuel use for the City is rising. One reason is Saskatoon’s increasing population and area. City of Saskatoon maintenance, police, fire, and transit vehicles must cover more ground and serve more people. Nonetheless, the City’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2023 means that fuel use (and associated emissions) must decrease.


Graph Source: City of Saskatoon – Transit; and Roadways, Fleet, and Support

Data table
City of Saskatoon Fleet, Equipment, and Transit Fuel
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Fleet Vehicles and Equipment: Diesel (millions of litres) 1.57 1.55 1.60 1.90 2.06 2.04 2.04 2.15 2.12 2.20
Fleet Vehicles and Equipment: Gasoline (millions of litres) 1.82 1.78 1.92 1.75 1.91 2.00 2.02 2.12 2.06 2.03
Transit: Diesel and Gasoline (millions of litres) 4.30 4.26 4.35 4.00 4.28 4.20 4.57 4.46 4.46 4.00

 Source: City of Saskatoon – Transit; and Roadways, Fleet, and Support

What are we doing?

Corporate Telematics Solution
The City will be installing GPS transceivers on all Civic vehicles and equipment and using centralized data processing to reduce energy use and emissions by optimizing routes and reducing idling.

Vehicle right-sizing
The City is reviewing current fleet vehicle sizes as well as exploring the potential for greater use of hybrid or electric vehicles.

Alternatives to idling
The City is making increased use of auxiliary diesel heaters to keep equipment warm. These auxiliary heaters are capable of heating the cab while the engine is shut off.

Vehicle Fleet Efficiencies
On-board global positioning systems (GPS) have been installed on garbage trucks to reduce the number of vehicle kilometers travelled through new routings.

More efficient buses
Saskatoon Transit has replaced more than 50 buses in the past 4 years. This has had a positive impact on fuel usage, as the new vehicles are more efficient than the older models they replace. Further, the new buses are more reliable and experience fewer mechanical breakdowns, requiring fewer unplanned trips to the garage for maintenance work.

Training for Transit operators
Saskatoon Transit has increased the amount of continual training available to its operators in an effort to increase customer satisfaction.  These programs include training on smooth and defensive driving which, aside from providing a more enjoyable ride, have an added benefit of increasing fuel economy.

What can you do?

Keep informed about the City’s expanding efforts to reduce community and City GHG emissions.

   Did You Know?

From 1946 to 1974 many of Saskatoon’s buses were electric. These “trolley” buses took their electricity from overhead lines.