Ontario Northland first Intercity Motor Coach Operator in Canada to Pilot Compressed Natural Gas

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 27, 2017

(NORTH BAY) Ontario Northland will be launching a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) motor coach as part of its fleet starting in July 2017.  The pilot project is in partnership with Motor Coach Industries (MCI), Union Gas, Envoy Energy, WSP and Change Energy, the global environmental and sustainability consultant conducting the feasibility study on the initiative.

“This green initiative is just one way in which Ontario Northland is exploring innovative new equipment and technologies,” says Corina Moore, President and CEO.  “We are committed to further reducing green house gas emissions by participating with Union Gas and MCI in this pilot.” 

“Supporting new green technology like Compressed Natural Gas will help Ontario Northland reduce its reliance on diesel fuels and positively contribute to the province’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets,” said Bill Mauro, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. “Our government is committed to helping protect the environment and fighting climate change.”

The CNG Motor Coach will operate as an additional coach, providing overflow support to scheduled motor coach service.  Customer feedback, maintenance staff, and driver reviews will help to inform the feasibility study of the possibility of adopting CNG technology in the future.

“We are pleased to partner with Ontario Northland by providing an interim Compressed Natural Gas fueling option to support this motor coach pilot,” says Sarah Van Der Paelt, Union Gas. Compressed Natural Gas can reduce carbon emissions by up to 20% compared to diesel, lower maintenance fees and provide cost reduction. 

Motor Coach Industries is the manufacturer of the motor coach and will be providing the CNG Motor Coach.  “There are currently over 14,000 transit and motor coaches operating using CNG in North America,” says Guy Tessier, Regional Vice President, Motor Coach Industries.  “It is our pleasure to participate in the delivery of a CNG motor coach to Ontario Northland for its debut in Canada.”

Compressed Natural Gas Quick Facts:

  • Up to 20% reduction in carbon emissions when using CNG vs Diesel
  • Emission reduction of up to 680 tonnes per year based on 25 Motor Coaches
  • Reduced noise level – one diesel engine is louder than ten natural gas engines idling together
  • Maintenance cost lower by 10-15%
  • 30-40 cent/litre cost reduction vs. diesel fuel


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