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What is a clean bus? » Introducing Clean Air Buses

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In March of 1996 BC Transit finally took delivery of 25 Compressed Natural Gas powered buses. A new livery was applied to the “Clean Air Bus”. But the conversion of the Detroit Diesel engine was poorly done, and the vehicles were highly unreliable. They also had completely unnecessary fire suppression and gas detection equipment that was another source of cancelled runs due to false alarms. They were parked for a number of years due to high maintenance costs, but brought back when the bus shortage became chronic. They were disliked by operators as they were said to be underpowered.

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