A total of 17 municipal transit systems will share $215 million from the new Alberta Community Transit Fund, which helps municipalities address the needs of their growing communities, while increasing environmentally sustainable transit options and improving rider experience in the province. Projects include the purchase of 52 CNG buses in Calgary, which will get $101.8 million.
“These transit projects will help Albertans get to where they need to go in a timely and cost-efficient way while helping to reduce pollution and ease congestion. We know folks would rather spend time with their family versus sitting in traffic. That is why we are investing in new ways for Albertans to get to where they are going,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation.
“This funding is critical to our long-term plans for Calgary’s transit system. Adding Light Rail Vehicles and CNG buses to our fleet will help ensure our system is resilient into the future. This is great news for Calgary,” commented Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
Moreover, the city of Calgary has opened the 44,300 square meter Stoney Transit Facility in north-central Calgary – the largest indoor CNG bus fueling complex in North America and one of the largest in the world. “Investments in transit are among the best investments any city can make — they are investments in the environment, reducing congestion and improving mobility,” explained Nenshi.
The new Calgary Transit’s facility is capable of housing more than 470 40-foot buses, with 36 maintenance bays —including two detailed cleaning bays – on-site CNG fueling infrastructure and associated staff facilities. When fully operational, the facility will save tax payers more than $4 million per year on fuel costs.
A public-private partnership approach gave Calgary an affordable, high value/low risk investment and was possible with funding from the Federal Government and Province of Alberta, and partner Plenary Infrastructure Calgary LP’s (Project Co) expertise and resources. Capital cost is $174 million, with up to $46.9 million from the Federal Government.
Source: Government of Alberta/City of Calgary