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well as 109 alternative fuel technology hybrid electric buses, then an additional 96 in 2010. “We’re also experimenting with hydrogen compressed natural gas [HCNG] buses,” Rice continues, “testing their performance out of the Port Coquitlam depot. One of our concerns is that we need to go through a learning curve on these new technologies, since we don’t know much about them so far, and it requires yet another type of infrastructure to service it, so there are challenges that we have to meet. For example, HCNG requires a separate fueling system, and so far we’ve isolated only our Port Coquitlam facility for it. We’re always concerned about the environmental aspects of our public transit system, and we’re constantly reviewing our recycling and waste procedures. Of course, learning about these new, alternative fuel technologies is exciting for us; they’re more effi cient and reduce emissions to a minimum, so it all goes hand in hand. ” There are more than 5,000 Coast Mountain employees—including 3,275 bus operators, 77 SeaBus employees, 825 maintenance employees, plus approximately 850 employees providing operational planning, scheduling, training and administrative services—all working out of the six operating centers, and this expansion means adding people. “Recruitment is always a concern when you May 08 www.bus-ex.com 15 types of buses; we also need to have suffi cient parking when the buses return to the yard. Increasing the staff means added facilities for them, mainly the bus operators. Since most of our current facilities are near their capacity, and with the plans recently announced by the provincial government along with our parent company up to 2020, the reality is that we’ll need to build additional depots, so we’re actively pursuing that. But even if we were to put a shovel in the ground tomorrow for a new depot, it wouldn’t be up and running for at least three years.” Coast Mountain uses three different types of buses in its fl eet. Orion Express Coaches (manufactured by Orion Bus Industries) do the longer-haul highway runs between Vancouver and Surrey, White Rock, Tsawwassen, North Delta and Ladner. The other diesel buses used throughout the area are mainly the Flyer (by New Flyer Industries) and the Nova (by Nova Bus). Electric trolleys have been operating in Vancouver since the 1890s and are continually updated through the years. “For the service expansion,” Rice says, “we’ll be taking delivery of some new trolleys, as CoastMountainBusCompany “I don’t know if there’s another transit system in the world that’s had as great an increase in service as we have in the last two years” We Listen, You Drive. From our customer approach to the design and engineering of our vehicles, we work with passion, energy and commitment. The Nova Bus experience stands for quality, safety, performance, comfort and attention to detail. We are proud to partner with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to assist them in making their organizations the best they can be, and to offer the Greater Vancouver Area passengers an unparalleled transit experience. We provide vehicles for all types of urban applications: the 40-foot Nova LFS, in transit, suburban or shuttle, with diesel or hybrid electric drive, and the 62-foot articulated LFS Artic. Nova Bus