We are constantly striving for a cleaner, greener fleet it's one of our goals in creating sustainable communities and reducing our global footprint.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses - In Whistler, were operating the worlds largest fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell buses in one location. As of December 2012, this fleet has displaced over 3,700 tonnes of direct GHG emissions.
Hybrid Diesel Electric Bus - As well as reducing emissions, these buses have lower fuel costs. Our fleet includes seven hybrid electric buses, including the first hybrid double-deck bus in North America.
BC Transit facilities - All new BC Transit facilities
are being designed utilizing best practises, and sustainable
and energy-efficient materials where practical and feasible.
Recent buildings were opened in Kamloops, Vernon and Whistler. Kamloops new Transit Centre has a bus wash which recycles 80 per cent of the water used.
Hybrid Transit Supervisor Vehicles - In 2009, BC Transit purchased 6 hybrid vehicles for Transit Supervisors in the Victoria Regional Transit System. From 2010 through 2012, this hybrid fleet has avoided more than 110 Tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases in comparison to former incumbent vehicles.
B.C. Air Action Plan - Over 180 older diesel-powered buses were retrofitted to receive filters and catalysts reducing particulate matter emissions by 50 per cent, hydrocarbons by 16 tonnes a year and carbon monoxide by 222 tonnes a year.
Biodiesel - As of 2007, we use a renewable biodiesel blended with ultra-low sulphur diesel. Biodiesel is a natural choice in the migration from fossil fuels to clean sources of energy. BC Transits leadership in blending biodiesel was recognized by the Standards Council of Canada. Since 2010 B.C. legislation requires that all diesel sold in the province has a percentage of biodiesel.
Vicinity Bus - BC Transit is the first company in North America to test and purchase medium-duty Vicinity buses which offer substantial advances in fuel efficiency and long-term cost savings when compared to conventional buses. Check out this edition of Transit TV on the launch of the Vicinity bus in Nelson.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) - Our first CNG fleet of
25 buses will begin operating in Nanaimo this year. CNG buses
have lower and more stable fuel prices, quieter engines and
simplified emission systems.
In 2013, BC Transit and the Regional District of Nanaimo began building a new Compressed Natural Gas fuelling station at the Nanaimo Transit Centre. Read the News Release here.