Four large- and medium-sized shuttles, which are part of Yale’s larger fleet of 42 transit buses, zip around campus daily taking students and staff to and fro. The university will refuel these vehicles at a public access filling station located in West Haven, opened last year by Metro Taxi. A second station will be opening at the All Waste facility on Wheeler Drive in New Haven, which is closer to downtown allowing for efficient fueling and scheduling of these shuttles.
“Over the past several years our operations have grown, so we are running more facilities vehicles, shuttles, nighttime safe ride cars, and special services vans. While we are trying to shrink our emissions output of a larger fleet, we are looking at alternative fuel vehicles of all sizes,” said Director of Fleet and Housing, George E. Longyear. “We are also looking to replace the larger shuttles and reducing the pollution from the old black smoke diesel, to less with biodiesel to even less with CNG.”
During the next year, Yale Fleet Management hopes to purchase thirteen either fully natural gas-powered or prepped-to-be refit vehicles. This summer, Yale Fleet acquired six Ford Explorers for the Yale Police Department replacing older model patrol cars. They are also poised to buy several more 24-passenger buses that will replace older mini-buses mostly used on the Yale Red Line route and other non-fixed routes.
Yale currently owns seven natural gas vehicles that operate in the Fleet: two shuttle buses (38-passenger) for fixed transit Orange and Blue lines; three MV-1 Mobility or Special Services vehicles; and two Medium-sized buses (20-passenger) built on the Ford E450 chassis. In addition, it plans to refit 10 additional 20-passenger buses to CNG.
Source: Yale Fleet Management