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APTA Sums Up Alt Fuel Use

April 23, 2013 in Biodiesel, CNG, Hybrids, Propane, Studies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 35% of Transit Buses Used Alt Fuels or Hybrid Drives

“Public transportation is leading the way in green vehicles,” says the American Public Transportation Association, which says that more than 35% of U.S. public transportation buses employed alternative fuels or hybrid technology, as of January 1, 2011.

San Francisco Muni likes biodiesel.

San Francisco Muni likes biodiesel.

“This is a striking contrast to the 1.3% of automobiles that used alternative-fuels in 2010, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Outlook,” APTA says.

“Public transportation is leading the way with environmentally efficient vehicles,” APTA president and CEO Michael Melaniphy said in a release. “The public transit vehicle fleet is the proving ground for environmental technology that may some day become a part of the nation’s automobile fleet.”

From Dallas to Salem

As of January 1, 2011, 35.6% of all the public transit buses in the United States were alternatively powered – 18.6% used natural gas, 8.8% were hybrids, and 7.9% of public transit buses used biodiesel.

“Propane is a new, emerging fuel,” APTA said.

Among the APTA standouts,

  • Dallas, TX – DART’s new fleet of CNG 40-foot buses fleet began service on January 28, 2013 and will replace the agency’s mix of diesel and liquefied natural gas buses by 2015. The agency’s annual fuel costs will be cut by nearly two-thirds by the end of 2015. DART is putting five new buses into service every week to replace the existing fleet.
  • Los Angeles, CA – LA Metro operates the largest CNG fleet in the U.S. with 2,200 CNG vehicles. LA Metro also buys 15% of all transit buses in the United States.
  • San Bernardino, CA – Omnitrans’ all CNG fleet will surpass the 100 million mile mark in April, 2013. Omnitrans first started to purchase CNG buses in 1997 and was at the forefront of the transition from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas, adopting the clean fuel technology years before regional air quality regulations mandated the switch.
  • State College, PA – Centre Area Transportation Authority’s entire fleet runs on CNG. It was the first transit agency on the East Coast to convert its entire diesel fleet to one that operates entirely on alternative fuel.
  • Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor Transportation Authority added 11 new clean diesel-electric hybrid buses to its fleet in March 2013. The total number of hybrids in service will be 52, bringing the fleet to 59% hybrid – – the highest%age of operating hybrids in the U.S.
  • Lee County, FL – Lee County Transit took delivery of 24 new hybrid vehicles (22 buses and 2 trolleys) earlier this year, bringing the total number of hybrids to 31, which is 50% of the fleet.
  • Urbana, IL – Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District operates diesel-electric hybrid buses that account for more than half of its fleet.
  • West Covina, CA – Foothill Transit is operating an all electric bus that is charged at a docking station mid-route in under 10 minutes, allowing for continuous, environmentally beneficial transit service along one of the busiest routes. It plans to launch Line 291 as a fully electric, zero-emission route in late 2013, the first of its kind in Southern California.
  • Peoria, IL – Greater Peoria Mass Transit District’s bus fleet runs on B20 Biodiesel, which is partially made of soybean oil, improves air quality and cuts reliance on foreign oil.
  • Flint, MI – Mass Transportation Authority is in the process of receiving 60 new propane vehicles.
  • Phoenix, AZ – Valley Metro’s bus fleet uses CNG and biodiesel fuels, as well as electric-hybrid buses.
  • Salem, OR – Salem-Keizer Transit’s fleet is made up of 34 CNG buses and 30 biodiesel buses. In 2010, the transit district purchased its first hybrid gas/electric bus.

“Today’s modern public transit bus is increasingly either a hybrid or is powered by fuels that are good for the environment,” said APTA chair Flora Castillo. “The public transportation industry is a green industry and is committed to improving the environment.”


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Source: American Public Transportation Association

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Source: American Public Transportation Association

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