“Our goal is to achieve cost savings, protect the environment by producing less tailpipe emissions, and using a domestic fuel. If all of these things fall into place we will be very pleased.” said Fleet Services Manager Scott Simonton. The advantage of CNG vehicles is they operate quieter than diesel engines with a reduction in exhaust fumes. If using CNG buses proves to be economically sound, other buses or vehicles in SMART’s and the city’s fleet could be converted to CNG.
The CNG buses replace two, older-model diesel buses and are expected to be in service by the end of November. Both buses will be used on a variety of routes including the Crosstown, 6 and 2X routes.