Red Deer Transit Rolls Out New CNG Bus Fleet
Red Deer Transit, located in Alberta, Canada, rolled out 17 new CNG buses that will join the Red Deer Transit fleet as they are phased in over the next few weeks. The CNG buses will lessen Red Deer Transit’s impact on the environment with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while saving on the costs of fuel and regular maintenance.
The City used $5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund allocation, as well as $10.1 million in provincial GreenTRIP funding toward this project. The City funded approximately $600,000 from fuel and capital reserves to cover the remaining costs.
“These new CNG buses in Red Deer will help ensure residents have access to modern, clean and reliable public transit services,” said the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The Government of Canada is committed to investing in local infrastructure that helps to create eco-friendly services while providing a way for Canadians to efficiently get to where they’re going and then back home to their families at the end of the day.”
In addition to the purchase of new CNG buses, the project also included construction of a CNG fueling station and upgrades to the bus storage facility and maintenance garage at Civic Yards.
Red Deer Transit will expand the CNG fleet by replacing aging diesel buses with new CNG buses as they reach the end of their lifespan. Six new CNG paratransit buses are expected to arrive this November to replace older vehicles that have reached the end of their life cycle for the Red Deer Transit Action bus fleet.