The Town of Banff is at the centre of a world-famous national park and World Heritage Site. Because of its high level of tourism and reliance on car travel, the town generates significantly more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than an average community of its size. To reduce its GHG impacts, in 2008 the Town of Banff replaced its diesel transit buses with hybrid biodiesel-electric models, becoming the first municipality in Canada to run an all-hybrid fleet.
The fleet uses innovative technology to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and local air pollution. Features like accessible design and storage for bikes, skis and snowboards encourage visitors and locals alike to choose public transit over cars. Instead of advertising, the bus exteriors feature photos of local wildlife, and the interiors display messages about conservation.