Town of Banff, Alberta
Roam Public Transit System
On June 2, 2008, the Town of Banff became the first Canadian municipality to operate a public transit fleet composed only of diesel–electric hybrid buses. Called Roam, the fleet of four Canadian-made buses saves the town 14 per cent in monthly fuel costs. The town’s strong commitment to environmental sensitivity and sustainability goes further. Instead of selling advertising panels on the buses, Banff partnered with Parks Canada to install panels that promote appreciation and respect for the area’s wildlife.
Each bus carries up to 84 passengers and is able to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles, skis and snowboards. Ridership is up 36 per cent, fossil fuel consumption is down, and 16 new jobs have been created. The town expects the new fleet to reduce traffic congestion, parking problems and car dependency in Banff.