BC Transit has announced that a series of new eco-friendly buses are ready to be deployed into service in the Victoria Regional Transit System.
According to the transit organization, 10 heavy-duty Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses will be gradually put into service over a two-week period.
BC Transit says the eco-friendly vehicles utilize CNG technology to benefit both environmentally and economically with reductions in tailpipe emissions and operational costs.
These 10 buses are in addition to 35 heavy-duty CNG buses and 25 medium-duty CNG buses added to the fleet in 2020.
The 40-foot heavy-duty New Flyer buses have a total rider capacity of 81 — 35 seated passengers and 46 standing passengers.
Each bus will also be equipped with a three-inch bike rack, white LED destination sign and a protective door placed on the exterior of the operator seat.
These new buses will also include new USB charge ports for passenger use and upgraded vinyl seat material, which BC Transit says makes them easier to clean.
Each heavy-duty, eco-friendly bus costs approximately $710,000 and is being funded through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Through this program, the federal government and provincial government will each contribute 40 per cent of the cost while the remaining 20 per cent will be covered by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission.
The Victoria Regional Transit System is one of five BC Transit systems operating a CNG fleet, including Whistler, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Central Fraser Valley.
More information can be found at bctransit.com.