British Columbia BC is continuing to expand their compressed natural gas (CNG) bus fleet in efforts to reduce green-house gas emissions. The buses serve over 130 communities across southwestern Canada in association with 58 local government partners.
“Our investments in public transit are allowing people to spend less time in traffic commuting home from work and more precious time with their families,” says François-Philippe Champagne, B.C.’s minister of infrastructure and communities. “These new CNG-powered buses will help meet growing demand, support better daily transit services for users and help protect the environment by supporting cleaner energy systems.”
This expansion was made possible by the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, which granted $135 Million to purchase 40-foot heavy duty CNG buses, which carry 81 passengers each. In addition, the medium duty 30-foot buses, 44 passengers, were purchased with funds contributed by federal, provincial, and local governments.
“These new CNG buses are a step forward in our efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions throughout our transit systems,” says Erinn Pinkerton, president and CEO of BC Transit. “The investments in Whistler, Nanaimo and Kamloops have demonstrated the benefits of using CNG buses, and I look forward to seeing more CNG buses across the province.”
“Moving to compressed natural gas from gasoline or diesel is an all-around win for our transportation customers by cutting both fuel costs and emissions,” comments Doug Stout, vice president of market development and external relations at FortisBC. “We’re proud to work with BC Transit to take strong steps forward to a lower-carbon future.”