60 More Ford-Chassis Buses, Roush Upfits by Hoekstra
The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. is getting 60 new El Dorado National buses – based on the Ford E-450 cutaway chassis – with dedicated-propane fuel systems from Roush CleanTech installed by Hoekstra Transportation in Grand Rapids.
One bus has been delivered, adding to an existing fleet of a dozen propane vehicles. The agency expects delivery of six per week for the next ten weeks, for a grand total of 72. Each of the propane vehicles will save about $40,000 in fuel during the course of its service life, the agency says – we multiply that out to nearly $2.9 million.
The new propane vehicles will replace older vehicles that have been used for MTA’s Your Ride transportation service. Some of the older vehicles have as much as 600,000 miles on them. Most of the new propane vehicles will have ten fixed seats, with two positions for wheelchairs. Five will have just six fixed seats with four positions for wheelchairs.
“Our “go green” initiative began a year ago with the leasing of the hydrogen fuel cell bus and the grand opening of our alternative fuel facility in Grand Blanc,” Kowalski said.
‘The MTA Is in the Forefront’
The purchase of these 60 propane vehicles ensures that the MTA is in the forefront of changing its fleet to become more environmentally friendly. These vehicles will allow for a more sustainable future, while providing for an improved experience for our passengers.”
Based on 200,000 miles of operation, each vehicle will put 82,956 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, MTA says.
The propane vehicles are acquired through federal grants with matching state funds.
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Source: Flint MTA release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up