The City of Calgary’s new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus Storage and Transit Facility construction has been kicked off this week with an official groundbreaking ceremony. Located in the Stoney industrial area in north-central Calgary, the 44,300 square metre facility will provide storage and maintenance space for Calgary Transit’s new fleet of CNG buses as well as diesel buses that are currently stored outside the City’s other bus garages.
The City is embracing natural gas buses after determining that they offer no cold weather operational issues. The complex will be capable of housing a minimum of 424 buses, 36 maintenance bays, two steam cleaning bays, on-site CNG fuelling infrastructure, and associated staff facilities.
Capital cost for this project is approximately $174 million (USD 132 m). The Federal Government, through PPP Canada, has committed to an investment of up to $48.4 million (USD 36.7 m) towards the construction of this CNG bus facility.
City staff will continue to service and maintain the buses.
The facility is to be certified LEED Gold, efficient in energy consumption and providing a safe and healthy work environment for staff that use the facility.
Earth work construction has started with the completion of the facility scheduled for early 2019.
(Source: City of Calgary)