(Compressed natural gas buses are quieter, more environmentally friendly, and cost less to operate, according to BC Transit)

BC Transit is seeking a contractor to provide new electric buses as they move towards a long-term goal of a zero-emission fleet by 2040.

They have put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide 10 battery-powered 40′ buses for the Victoria Regional Transit System.

The contractor would also need to provide supporting charging equipment and operational systems, and a design-build retrofit for the transit facility at 520 Gorge Road East.

Funding for the winning proposal is being provided by the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission.

BC Transit says they anticipate the 10 new buses would begin operating in Victoria in the summer of 2022.

The provincial transit operator plans to only acquire zero-emission buses after 2028. They are currently moving to replace outdated diesel buses in the Victoria fleet with compressed natural gas vehicles.

Proposals for the 10 new electric buses are now being accepted until January 29, 2021, through BC Transit’s online Bonfire portal.