New compressed natural gas buses have been added to the Greater Victoria fleet. (Twitter/BC Transit)

New compressed natural gas buses have been added to the Greater Victoria fleet. (Twitter/BC Transit)

Aldergrove bus company lands compressed natural gas buses in Victoria

New buses hitting the road this year, lessening the transit fleet’s carbon footprint

An Aldergrove bus company is providing several new, medium-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to Greater Victoria’s transit fleet.

Grande West Transportation’s Vicinity buses will be entering service before summer, among a total of 46 heavy-duty and 25 medium-duty CNG buses gradually being added to their fleet added from companies.

Each bus will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, compared to a traditional clean diesel bus, said Grande West CEO William Trainer.

The company is headquartered at 3168 262 St., where Trainer operates, along with engineers, labourers, and other transportation employees.

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The medium-sized bus can carry 24 seated passengers and 20 standing passengers.

Heavy-duty buses cost $710,000 and the medium duty ones are $455,000.

Funding for the buses comes through the federal-provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which covers 80 per cent of costs. The Victoria Regional Transit Commission supplied the remaining 20 per cent.

Each bus is equipped with a three-inch bike rack, a protective driver’s door and LED destination signage.

Greater Victoria is the fourth region to add CNG buses to its fleet, following Whistler, Nanaimo and Kamloops.

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