Nanaimo is leading the way with the addition of CNG buses, green public transportation. Building great infrastructure for cities is increasingly becoming about integrating environmentally friendly practices into housing, transportation, culture, recreation, and the economy as a whole.
Nanaimo Transit Gets a Facelift
The Harbour City has been chosen by BC Transit to be the first city in BC to have a fleet of buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). These buses will be quieter and more sustainable, due to the cleaner-burning nature of CNG. They’ll also be more affordable, due to the lower cost of natural gas.
Nanaimo was the natural choice for BC transit because our current public transit fleet is large, but becoming older and less efficient. Natural gas emits around 30 percent less greenhouse gas, so the new transit additions were welcome in our green-friendly city. You’ll know the new buses by their unusual roof: the compressed gas storage tanks are located in the top of the bus, instead of underneath, as on conventional gas vehicles.
Next time you’re planning a day out and about in Nanaimo, consider taking a ride on the new CNG buses. We think they’re a great indicator of the growth and success Nanaimo has been experiencing. Don’t forget to leave a comment for us if you try them out!
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