New CNG buses are set to roll into BC Transit’s service as part of a full fleet replacement in Whistler. The XN40 Xcelsior New Flyer buses have started to arrive in the community while the final commissioning work is completed on the CNG fueling and compressor station. The station and buses are part of the almost $160 million in federal and provincial funding for BC Transit projects. Each of the buses can carry 36 seated passengers and 45 standing passengers. The purchase of the 25 new vehicles represents an investment of $17 million in the Whistler Transit System.
Clean Energy built the CNG fueling station in Whistler and will also maintain the new infrastructure. The project for the new compressor and fueling station, along with upgrades to the Whistler Transit Centre, was $3.2 million. To help offset the initial costs associated with the purchase of the new buses and upgrades to the facility, FortisBC, which will also supply the fuel, will provide funding of $539,500.
The successful CNG rollout in both Kamloops and Nanaimo sets an example for the rest of the province and country, demonstrating how best-in-class technology can be used to deliver dependable transportation solutions that contribute to a more sustainable future. The existing BC Transit fleet has 95 CNG buses. “This project is a result of partnerships with all three levels of government and FortisBC to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of transit in Whistler,” said Manuel Achadinha, BC Transit’s President and CEO.
“I’m pleased to see BC Transit kickstart the conversion of Whistler’s bus fleet to compressed natural gas, a cleaner and more affordable alternative to diesel and gasoline. The Province is committed to greening transportation across the province, and we’ll continue to work with partners to do so,” added Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Source: BC Transit