TransLink adds compressed natural gas buses to Surrey fleet

The first of more than 100 new natural-gas-powered buses will hit the streets of Surrey this week.

The rollout means that by the end of the year, more than half of the city’s 209 buses will be new, running on clean energy and equipped with safety measures to protect drivers.

“This is a significant upgrade to the buses operating in Surrey and for the Surrey residents who rely on our transit system,” said Dan Savitsky, vice-president of maintenance for Coast Mountain Bus Company. “These buses represent a major renewal to the Surrey base fleet of 209 buses.”

Passengers will notice that the buses are quieter and air-conditioned. They will emit 13- to 21-per-cent less greenhouse gas than diesel buses, cost 60-per-cent less to fuel and last up to 200,000 kilometres longer.

Drivers will also be better protected, because the buses will be equipped with operator safety barriers.

Two of the 106 new buses are already in Surrey and a more are being prepared by the dealer. Three or four buses will arrive weekly through the end of 2018.

“Without a doubt this is an exciting step forward in the renewal of our bus fleet in Surrey,” said Surrey Coun. Tom Gill.

TransLink already has 146 buses in its fleet that use compressed natural gas, which operate out of the transit centres in Port Coquitlam and Richmond.

The cost of the new buses and the fuelling facility and other facility upgrades required in Surrey is $86 million. About 80 per cent of the funding comes from federal gas tax, through the Metro Vancouver board of directors.

“I’m very proud that this federal funding will help the residents of Surrey and also the (bus) operators here as well to have a safe driving experience by investing in our community here,” said Sukh Dhaliwal, member of Parliament for …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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