Kamloops, a city in south central British Columbia, will soon be home to a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transit fleet with 25 new CNG buses planned to be in service by the spring of 2015. Compared to diesel, the primary benefit of CNG buses is lower, more stable fuel prices. Additional benefits include significantly quieter engines and simplified emission systems.
“I commend Kamloops Mayor and council and BC Transit for demonstrating leadership and seizing the opportunity to adopt CNG as a fuel source,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Kamloops-South Thompson MLA. “The decision to go CNG helps the sustainability of transit, which is an integral part of a successful community.”
To help offset the initial costs associated with the purchase of the new CNG buses, FortisBC will provide funding of up to $875,000.
“BC Transit continues to lead the way in making natural gas a recognized transportation fuel source,” said John Walker, President and CEO of FortisBC. “Policy changes made by the provincial government helped make this possible and allow fleet operators like BC Transit to take advantage of cleaner burning, lower priced fuel that is abundant in B.C.”
Kamloops is the second BC Transit community to adopt CNG technology; as announced last year, the first BC Transit CNG fleet will go into revenue service in the Regional District of Nanaimo this spring.
(Source: BC Transit)