Archived - Government of Canada and City of Calgary Announce P3 Canada Fund Investment to Support Stoney Compressed Natural Gas Bus Storage and Transit Facility
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July 30, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta – Department of Finance
On behalf of Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, today announced that the Government of Canada will help fund the Stoney Compressed Natural Gas Bus Storage and Transit Facility in the City of Calgary. Mr. Shory was joined at the event by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Malcolm Logan, Calgary's General Manager of Transportation.
Through the P3 Canada Fund, the Government of Canada will provide an investment of up to $48.4 million toward the construction of the facility.
The new facility will provide storage and maintenance space for the City of Calgary's new fleet of Compressed Natural Gas buses as well as diesel buses that are currently stored outside of the city's other bus garages. The facility will be capable of housing up to 400 Compressed Natural Gas buses, including indoor vehicle storage, 40 maintenance bays, two steam bays, on-site natural gas compression, and Compressed Natural Gas storage distribution infrastructure, and administrative facilities. The new facility will allow for the servicing of existing diesel buses until the Compressed Natural Gas bus fleet is large enough to occupy the entire facility.
A private sector partner will be competitively selected to design, build, finance and maintain the facility. City staff will continue to service and maintain the buses. Throughout the maintenance phase, the private partner will be responsible for janitorial services, routine facility and landscape maintenance, as well as major maintenance and rehabilitation of the facility for the duration of the 30-year contract.
- This is the P3 Canada Fund’s first project with the City of Calgary.
- A Request for Qualifications is scheduled for release in December 2014. The 30-month construction period is expected to begin in June 2016, and the facility opening is expected in November 2018.
- The $1.25-billion P3 Canada Fund is managed by PPP Canada, a Crown corporation responsible for advancing Canadian P3s through the provision of expert advice and support to all levels of government.
"Our Government is proud to see cities like Calgary adopting a modern and innovative approach to infrastructure development. The Stoney Compressed Natural Gas Bus Maintenance Facility is a forward-thinking project that will provide long-term value for Calgarians."
- Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast
"This is an important investment in Calgary transit that will have significant benefits for Calgarians. Natural gas can be less expensive and have a lower environmental impact than diesel fuel, and natural gas buses can be quieter and more reliable than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, this is a great opportunity to showcase Canada's natural gas industry right here in Calgary."
- Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary
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