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Calgary newest transit facility is officially the largest of its kind in all of North America.
With the opening of the Stoney Transit Facility on March 12, Calgary became home to the continent’s biggest facility focused on environmentally beneficial Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, according to a release from the City of Calgary.
The facility comes in at a whopping 44,300 square metres and has enough room to house over 470 40-ft-long buses — many of which are brand new additions to YYC’s fleet.
“I’m so pleased that our fleet of CNG buses are now part of our Calgary Transit fleet,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, in the release.
“Investments in transit are among the best investments any city can make — they are investments in the environment, reducing congestion and improving mobility.”
The release also noted that the transition to CNG buses will save taxpayers in the city more than $4 million in fuel costs per year.
The new facility includes 36 maintenance bays, two detailed cleaning bays, and onsite CNG fuelling infrastructure, as well as diesel bus fuelling capabilities.
The capital cost of the project came in at $174 million, with $46.9 million coming from the Federal Government.
“Our government has a strong record of investing in a sustainable transportation network for Calgary, supporting both vehicle and public infrastructure,” said the Brian Mason, Minister of Alberta Transportation, in the release.
“This facility means more Calgarians will benefit from efficient, safe and environmentally friendly public transit, spending less time in traffic and easily getting to where they need to go.”