Clean Energy Natural Gas Fuels Canadian Transportation Fleets
Canadian cities of all sizes are transitioning their public transportation fleets away from diesel and choosing compressed natural gas (CNG) buses above other bus alternatives due to their financial, operational, environmental, public health, and mobility benefits.
In addition to being eco-friendly, CNG buses run quieter and with greater cost and operational efficiency than diesel-fueled buses while providing extended fuel mileage.
When adopting natural gas as an alternative propulsion fuel, many Canadian cities have turned to Clean Energy, the leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America. Clean Energy designs and constructs CNG fueling stations, provides facility modifications for existing garages, and offers station management and maintenance for bus fleets.
BC Transit: Transit in Mid-Size Municipalities
BC transit, a Clean Energy partner, serves urban communities outside of Metro Vancouver, operating in 130 communities and serving 51 million riders each year with a fleet of over 1,000 vehicles. It currently operates just under 50 CNG buses in Nanaimo, a similar number in Kamloops and recently added 25 more in Whistler, BC. Going forward BC Transit has plans to introduce additional CNG buses in Abbotsford, BC in 2019.
Translink: Transit in a Large Urban Centre
TransLink is a provincial transit agency that provides broad transportation services across Metro Vancouver and includes Coast Mountain Bus. With more than 1,400 buses, Coast Mountain operates more than 200 CNG buses, which have provided economic, operational and environmental gains in the region. To accommodate the buses, Coast Mountain engaged Clean Energy to build two new CNG stations at the Hamilton Transit Centre, on the border of New Westminster and Richmond and the Surrey Transit Centre in Surrey BC., It continues to add CNG buses as existing diesel and diesel electric hybrid buses age out.
Red Deer: Transit in a Mid-Sized City
An example of a mid- to small-sized Canadian public transit system, the City of Red Deer owns and operates a fleet of 62 conventional buses and 24 smaller buses. After researching diesel, diesel electric hybrid, battery, and CNG buses the city elected to build a new CNG station, modify its existing garage to make it CNG compatible, and introduce 17 new CNG buses with more to be added over the coming years.
Medicine Hat: Transit and Refuse in a Mid-Sized City
After a considerable amount of research, Medicine Hat, the eighth largest municipality in Alberta, elected to build a CNG fast-fill station that would service its fleet of transit, refuse, and conventional vehicles. Clean Energy was retained to design, build, commission, and maintain the station and converted one of the City’s two garages to make it CNG-compatible.
City of Hamilton – Hamilton Street Railway (HSR): Transit in a Large City
A long-time leader in deploying natural gas-powered buses, HSR’s legacy fleet included 94 CNG buses. After looking at diesel, diesel electric hybrid or battery buses, the city decided to stay with CNG buses and expand its CNG fleet. For this project, Union Gas financed and built a new CNG station, and Clean Energy was selected to maintain its new station.