A total of 25 new compressed natural gas buses will soon be hitting the streets of Nanaimo. Councillors and local politicians jumped on board today for the inaugural ride. The Regional District of Nanaimo is the first to get a fleet of the CNG buses. BC Transit Spokesperson Marybeth Burton says it’s exciting.
They are a little bit more expensive though, so Fortis BC is kicking in almost a million dollars to help pay for them. In the long run though, they’ll be cheaper, quieter, and better for the environment. They’re also wheelchair accessible, which is something RDN Chair Joe Stanhope is happy about.
In about two weeks, the first CNG buses will start picking up riders on bus routes across Nanaimo.