Translink – Coast Mountain Bus Company Presented With North American Clean Transit Achievement Award


Vancouver, BC – April 22, 2022 ( Newswire) NGVAmerica Chairman Jim Arthurs of Westport Fuel Systems and Iain Johnstone, Canada Region Manager of Clean Energy Fuels, presented Mr. Randy Helmer, Vice President, Maintenance, of Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), with NGVAmerica’s Natural Gas Transit Fleet Program of the Year Achievement Award for 2021. CMBC operates the largest fleet of natural gas buses in Canada.

Twelve such awards were announced last November at Natural Gas Vehicles for America’s (NGVAmerica) 2021 Industry Summit and Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ for their contributions toward the advancement of natural gas as a transportation fuel. These annual awards are open to nominees from all NGV stakeholder segments across the United States and Canada.

“We are genuinely proud to recognize CMBC for the work that it does and the communities that it serves,” said NGVAmerica Chairman and BC native Jim Arthurs. “Because of its contributions, CMBC is moving to make our communities healthier with fewer emissions through the increased use of renewable natural gas as a transportation fuel.”

TransLink, along with CMBC, which operates and maintains over 95 percent of bus service for the Metro Vancouver region, have been at the forefront of natural gas transit bus operations for over twenty-five years.

CMBC was among the first transit agencies in North America to operate a fleet of Detroit Diesel buses converted to natural gas power. The agency today operates second and third generation natural gas buses out of its Port Coquitlam, Surrey, and New Westminster facilities, cutting its overall criteria pollutant emissions by 90 percent and demonstrating how natural gas buses are a cost-effective, operationally and environmentally effective alternative to diesel and diesel electric hybrid buses.

Now operating the largest fleet of natural gas buses in Canada, CMBC is in the process of transitioning its fuel source to renewable natural gas (RNG), or biomethane. RNG production captures methane emitted through the decomposition of agricultural waste, food waste, forest management waste, wastewater sludge, and garbage and redirects it away from the environment, repurposing it as a clean, green energy source and supporting the transition to a circular, carbon-neutral economy.

CMBC is proving that these buses are a very cost-effective, operationally sound and environmentally friendly alternative to diesel, diesel electric hybrid, catenary electric trolley and battery buses.

CMBC was nominated for this award by its fueling partner, Clean Energy Fuels. Its ongoing investment in RNG-fueled buses is supported by British Columbia’s recently established Low Carbon Fuel Standard program.

Vancouver-based Westport Fuel Systems and California-based Clean Energy Fuels are longtime leadership members of NGVAmerica, a national trade association of sustainability solutionists and experts in the clean transportation field.

This year’s awards will be announced at NGVAmerica’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Industry Summit, scheduled for November 1st through 3rd in Charleston, South Carolina.

NGVAmerica is a national trade association of sustainability solutionists and experts in the clean transportation field. Our roughly 200 members are dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles, ships and carriers powered by natural gas and biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. Find out more at:

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