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TransLink eyes $5 million for natural gas fuel pumps 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver



A new $5-million natural gas fuelling station could be installed in Surrey as part of the Translink’s plan to bring more-efficient buses to the Lower Mainland.

Earlier this year, the authority decided it would again pursue compressed-natural-gas buses as opposed to the more expensive traditional diesel vehicles. The former also produce 5% fewer emissions.

On Tuesday, Translink officials will be before the Metro Vancouver governance body requesting approval for $122 million from the federal gas tax. Part of that money would be expected to pay for the Surrey upgrade.

“This retrofit will allow Surrey Transit Centre to fuel and maintain 100 or more CNG buses,” said Metro Vancouver regional planner Ray Kan in his report.

According to its submission, TransLink is also deciding whether to buy 45 CNG buses with the funding. For nearly a decade, the authority has always received the full amount of gas tax dollars requested.

Mayors’ Council chairman Richard Walton, the North Vancouver District mayor, said Monday funding shortages in Metro Vancouver itself — to pay for such items as the Seymour-Capilano sewage treatment plant — are generating questions on whether the money should still go to TransLink.

“There’s obviously only so much money in these competing priorities,” he said. “It’s hard to see how it’s going to come out going forward.”


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