Bus fleet switches to renewable diesel
The Surrey Transit Centre in New Westminster, British Columbia, will be the first bus depot to transition and has been fully fuelled with renewable diesel since January 1.
With this change, TransLink will be reducing total greenhouse gas emissions by 6,550 tonnes of its total emissions – the equivalent of removing 1,900 passenger vehicles off the road.
“The time to take climate action is now,” said CEO Kevin Quinn. “By introducing renewable diesel to our bus fleet, we’re doing our part to move away from fossil fuels. Renewable diesel will deliver rapid GHG reductions while we work to electrify our fleet.”
Implementing renewable diesel will help TransLink achieve specific goals outlined in the Climate Action Strategy.
Additional transit centres are planned to be converted to renewable diesel from next year. The use of renewable diesel as a fuel source for the West Coast Express and SeaBus is also being studied.
With an expanding SkyTrain network, and a fleet of 280 trolley-electric and battery-electric buses, TransLink provides a robust network of zero-emissions transportation options for customers.
The first all-electric transit centre – located at Marpole in Vancouver – is under construction and will be completed by 2027. TransLink will deploy a total of 460 battery-electric buses by 2030.