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CNG Gilligs for CityBus in Indiana

October 12, 2014 by Kirk Fetzer in APTA Expo 2014 with 0 Comments
CityBus says it's boosting its 'smart sustainability' by adding CNG buses to its mix.

CityBus says it’s boosting its ‘smart sustainability’ by adding CNG buses to its mix.

Indiana’s Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corp is converting its CityBus fleet to compressed natural gas fuel, beginning with 11 vehicles.

Six are forty-foot standards and an additional five smaller CNG transit buses will be added via an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) grant. The agency expects delivery of the six full-size buses from Gillig (Booth 4337) in March. It began taking bids on five body-on-chassis paratransit vehicles last month, CityBus GM Marty Sennett told Fleets & Fuels.

The Gillig buses will have 8.9-liter spark-ignition ISL G engines from Cummins Westport and CNG fuel cylinder assemblies from Agility Fuel Systems (Booth 3465) with Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum tanks by Worthington/SCI (3867).

The remaining CityBus vehicles will be replaced on an annual basis to gradually convert the entire 73-bus fleet to CNG.

CityBus provides transit service to Lafayette-area residents and Purdue University students.

Construction of a $3.2 million CNG fuel station for CityBus by the Indiana-based Energy Systems Group and TruStar Energy is to begin this year. It is expected to be operational by March.

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