Solicitation Issued for At Least 25 40-Footers
Victoria-based BC Transit is looking to buy at least 25 compressed natural gas fueled 40-foot buses, floating a solicitation just prior to the Christmas holiday. The agency is seeking to take delivery of the vehicles in the first quarter of 2014, with an option for 25 more to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015.
Bids are due February 15 and an award expected by mid-March.
A further solicitation for a CNG fueling facility, reportedly expected to cost some $2 million, is expected shortly.
The agency operates about 1,000 buses. “Approximately 650 are heavy duty conventional transit buses,” states Request for Proposal 12.17.
The CNG buses will be the first for BC Transit, which despite having eschewed natural gas vehicle technology in the past, operates one of the world’s largest fleets of hydrogen fuel cell buses. Delivery of the New Flyer vehicles with Ballard fuel cells and Dynetek hydrogen fuel cylinders began in late 2009 for the 2010 Winter Games (F&F, October 5, 2009).
The British Columbia government and the Vancouver-based FortisBC utility both launched natural gas vehicle incentive programs last year.
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Source: BC Transit solicitation with Fleets & Fuels follow-up