The Canadian government is supporting the city of Calgary's compressed natural gas (CNG) initiative with new P3 Canada Fund money for the construction of a CNG bus storage and transit facility.
The facility will be capable of housing up to 400 CNG buses, including indoor vehicle storage, 40 maintenance bays, two steam bays, on-site natural gas compression and CNG storage distribution infrastructure. It will also allow for the servicing of existing diesel buses until the city's CNG bus fleet is large enough to occupy the entire facility.
A private-sector partner will be competitively selected to design, build, finance and maintain the facility. City staff will continue to service and maintain the buses. The 30-month construction period is expected to begin in June 2016, and the facility opening is expected in November 2018.