Victoria Regional Transit System plans to roll out 10 new CNG buses

July 23, 2021
The transit provider is one of five BC Transit systems operating a CNG fleet and the 10 new 40-foot buses join its existing CNG fleet of 35 heavy-duty buses and 25 medium-duty buses.

Victoria Regional Transit System began operating 10 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will gradually be put into service during the next two weeks.

The new buses will join the 35 heavy-duty CNG buses and 25 medium-duty CNG buses added to the fleet in 2020.

The purchase of these 40-foot New Flyer buses is being funded through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program with both the governments of Canada and British Columbia contributing 40 percent of the cost and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission funding the remaining 20 percent.

The buses can carry 35 seated passengers and 46 standing passengers. Each new bus is also equipped with a three-inch bike rack, white LED destination sign and full driver door and a protective door placed on the exterior of the operator seat. In addition to these features, there are new USB charge ports for passenger use and upgraded vinyl seat material, which makes the seats easier to clean.

The Victoria Regional Transit System is one of five BC Transit systems operating a CNG fleet, including Whistler, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Central Fraser Valley. 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 transition to a fully electric fleet is being supported by sourcing renewable fuels and the acquisition of CNG buses and fueling infrastructure.

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