New Funding Announced for British Columbia Natural Gas Projects
Modern technology, improved infrastructure and newer and cleaner buses are topping the list of BC Transit projects for the City of Kamloops, British Columbia, to roll out under phase one of the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
Kamloops is also receiving another 19 CNG buses to add to their fleet of cleaner, more efficient CNG buses. These new vehicles will come online next year to replace older diesel buses. The CNG-fueled buses will 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.
This announcement is part of a series of announcements that unveil details of the almost $160 million in federal and provincial funding for BC Transit projects that was first announced in June. This is the first phase of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and provides BC Transit-served communities with $90 million in funding from the federal government and $67.8 million from the Province with local governments contributing an additional 17 percent to fund new capital projects in their regions over the next three years. BC Transit will continue to work with local governments to identify priority projects for the second phase of the federal-provincial funding.
“The addition of 19 new cleaner burning CNG fueled buses means that transit users can rest easy knowing they are contributing to reducing our carbon footprint one bus ride at a time,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.