January 21, 2020. Eleven new buses are being added to the Medicine Hat Transit fleet in Alberta, Canada. The new buses are shorter, more efficient and more environmentally friendly than the buses being replaced.

“Several buses on our fleet recently reached their end of life,” said Simon Amos, Manager of Transit Services. “The demand for larger buses in some of our neighborhoods just isn’t there. These smaller buses will cost less to operate and are better for the environment.”

The new Vicinity buses are 30 feet long, 10 feet shorter than the buses currently in operation. Five of the buses are diesel and six are compressed natural gas (CNG). The Provincial Green TRIP program funded two-thirds of the cost of the buses.

The new buses will be introduced gradually over the next few months, starting with the five diesel buses. The diesel buses are built with a modern engine which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and has improved fuel economy. The six CNG buses will then be added to the fleet. CNG is a cleaner fuel, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and engine maintenance.

“The engine of a CNG bus runs a lot quieter, offering a different rider experience,” said Amos. “With the increase in our CNG bus fleet rising to twelve, there will be days in the future when all of the buses on our roads will be CNG”.

Once the new buses are rolled into the fleet and the aging vehicles are retired, the City will have a fleet of 19 buses, 14 CNGs and five diesels. The vehicles being retired will be sold.

“This is a huge achievement for the City of Medicine Hat and we at the Transit department are proud to contribute to reducing the City’s environmental footprint while saving money on maintenance and fuel,” Amos added.