The delivery of 24 New Flyer buses this winter means that the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) will boast a fully CNG powered fleet. “These additional 24 CNG buses will build off the success of the first 25, and will make Nanaimo our first fully CNG fleet,” said BC Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha. “We look forward to introducing CNG technology to more communities across the province.”
“Through developing greener operations with the adoption of best in class technology, BC Transit is demonstrating a commitment not only to environmental stewardship, but also to supporting meaningful, family-supporting jobs for British Columbians in the renewable energy sector,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This is a significant achievement that we can all be proud of.”
The 24 CNG-powered buses are being delivered to the RDN throughout January and February. All buses are expected to be in service by the end of the Spring. Each of the XN40 Xcelsior New Flyer buses can carry up to 81 passengers. The purchase of the 24 new vehicles represents an investment of $15.4 million in the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit System. To help offset the initial costs associated with the purchase of the buses, FortisBC will provide funding of up to $480,000. This funding represents 50% of the cost differential of CNG buses over diesel counterparts.
“We are proud to be the first community in Canada to operate a full CNG-powered fleet,” said Bill Veenhof, RDN Board Chair. “This important step will reduce our carbon footprint and our operating costs, both of which support our strategic goals of protecting our environment and delivering economically viable services.”
The first 25 CNG buses arrived in Nanaimo in 2014, and in that time have resulted in a 2% decrease in operating costs per service hour and 38.5% operating cost recovery in 2015/2016. The buses have also proved very reliable, clocking an average of 53,000 kilometers each in their first year of service.
Source: BC Transit