The addition of CNG buses will be gradual throughout the year as buses are delivered. In total, 46 heavy-duty CNG buses and 25 medium-duty CNG buses will be added to the fleet by the end of the summer of 2020.
The 40-foot heavy-duty New Flyer XN40 Xcelsior buses carry 35 seated passengers and 46 standing passengers, while each medium-duty Grande West Vicinity 30-foot bus can carry 24 seated passengers and 20 standing passengers.
The cost of each heavy-duty CNG bus is approximately $710,000, while the medium-duty CNG buses are approximately $455,000. All are funded through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with the Government of Canada and the Province of BC each contributing 40% of the cost. The Victoria Regional Transit Commission is funding the remaining 20%.
FortisBC supplies natural gas for BC Transit’s CNG fleets, while the CNG fueling station, located at the Langford operations and maintenance facility, is built and maintained by Clean Energy.
The Victoria Regional Transit System becomes BC Transit’s fourth system operating a CNG fleet, joining Whistler, Nanaimo and Kamloops.
For more information on Victoria’s CNG fleet, click here.
Photo: Grand West Vicinity’s 30-ft CNG model bus