BC Transit continues adding compressed natural gas buses

April 2, 2019. Canadian BC Transit continues to add compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to its fleet across the province as part of our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The advantages of CNG technology are both environmental and economic, with notable reductions in tailpipe emissions and operational costs. 

   “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,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, 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.”

   BC Transit will be welcoming its first 30-foot medium duty CNG buses to its fleet over the next two years. In addition, new heavy duty buses have been added to BC Transit fleets across the province, and more are on the way. Whistler welcomed four new buses, while fleets in Nanaimo and Kamloops have each added two.

   The new 40-foot heavy duty CNG buses are part of the approximately $180 million in federal, provincial and local government funding for BC Transit projects, made possible through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), while the new medium duty buses are part of the more than $150 million in federal, provincial, and local government funding announced so far for BC Transit projects under the Investing in Canadian Infrastructure Program (ICIP).