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Bus operators race to ditch dirty vehicles

Bus operators race to ditch dirty vehicles


In 2013, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) faced a big decision. Advancing technologies, combined with a boom in natural gas production, presented an opportunity to replace 200 aging buses, running on diesel fuel and ripe for replacement, with buses that would run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Air quality is often poor on the Front Range, and it violates the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards on occasion, partly because of vehicle emissions. Cities are increasingly aware of the savings on health care and improvements in quality of life they can reap from cleaning up their diesel fleets. On the other hand, cost-efficient public transportation is important to customers and taxpayers. Read more

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