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Fully Compressed Natural Gas Powered Conventional Fleet in Kamloops Creates Jobs and a Greener Future for British Columbian

Mar 22, 2017

KAMLOOPS, BC – ?The delivery of 19 New Flyer buses this winter means that the City of Kamloops will boast a fully Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered conventional fleet. CNG-fuelled buses reduce operating costs for BC Transit and for Kamloops as the fuel is less expensive and has a smaller carbon footprint compared to traditional transit vehicles.

Each of the XN40 Xcelsior New Flyer buses can carry up to 81 passengers. The purchase of the 19 new vehicles represents an investment of $12 million in the Kamloops Transit System. To help offset the initial costs associated with the purchase of the new CNG buses, FortisBC will provide funding of up to $378,000. This funding represents 40 per cent of the cost differential of CNG buses over diesel counterparts.

“BC Transit is a Canadian leader in the adoption of lower-carbon, lower-impact natural gas in its bus fleet,” said Sarah Smith, FortisBC director, natural gas for transportation. “Completing its Kamloops fleet with compressed natural gas is another step this organization is taking in making a positive change for its customers, the public, our environment and B.C.’s economy.”

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