Supports 47 Buses with ‘Dozens’ More Expected by Year-End
The Utah Transit Authority has opened a new compressed natural gas fueling facility for an expanding fleet of CNG buses – “part of UTA’s continuing effort to improve air quality along the Wasatch Front.”
The agency says that more than 65% of its bus fleet is made up of clean diesel and CNG buses, “reducing emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides by 65%.”
UTA has 47 CNG buses at its Central Bus Division and says it “plans to add dozens more CNG buses by the end of 2016.
“UTA is in the process of replacing all of its older diesel buses with CNG buses as the diesel buses go out of service,” the agency says.
Facility Can Handle 250 CNG Buses
The new bus fueling facility has two bays for CNG fueling and can handle as many as 250 CNG buses. It also has areas for cleaning and detailing, a brake inspection bay and a fare collection area. CNG fueling commenced there on December 7, the agency says, adding that “the building will be fully utilized after construction is complete by late 2016.”
UTA cites federal support for the project, which it says is the first phase of an effort to expand and modernize its 50-year-old downtown bus facility to support increased bus service.
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Source: Utah Transit Authority with Fleets & Fuels follow-up