The Government of Canada will help fund the Stoney Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus Storage and Transit Facility in the City of Calgary. Through the P3 Canada Fund, the Government of Canada will provide an investment of up to $48.4 million toward the construction of the facility.
The new facility will provide storage and maintenance space for the City of Calgary’s new fleet of CNG buses as well as diesel buses that are currently stored outside of the city’s other bus garages. 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, and administrative facilities. The new facility will allow for the servicing of existing diesel buses until the CNG bus fleet is large enough to occupy the entire facility.
Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, said at the announcement: “Our Government is proud to see cities like Calgary adopting a modern and innovative approach to infrastructure development. The Stoney Compressed Natural Gas Bus Maintenance Facility is a forward-thinking project that will provide long-term value for Calgarians.”
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. Throughout the maintenance phase, the private partner will be responsible for janitorial services, routine facility and landscape maintenance, as well as major maintenance and rehabilitation of the facility for the duration of the 30-year contract.
Announcement a Breakthrough for CNG in Canada
Alicia Milner, president of Canadian natural Gas vehicle Alliance (CNGVA) says: “Last week’s federal announcement of $48.4 million of P3 funding for a new gas-safe transit bus garage for Calgary Transit represents a major breakthrough for CNG use in Canada’s transit industry. Following several new CNG transit project announcements in British Columbia and the May 2014 decision by Hamilton Street Railway to transition back to CNG, the Calgary news points to strong forward momentum for natural gas in the transit industry.”
The 30-month construction period is expected to begin in June 2016, and the facility opening is expected in November 2018. “After a successful year-long trial operating CNG transit buses, Calgary Transit had identified the potential to save $11,000 in fuel and operating costs per bus per year and cited a 10% capital premium for the new CNG buses”, Milner added.
(Source: Government of Canada)