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Texas Agency Is Committed to CNG Buses

October 12, 2014 by Kirk Fetzer in APTA Expo 2014 with 0 Comments

p1s1img1“Our rapid transition to compressed natural gas fuel was transparent to our customers,” says Mike Hubbell, maintenance VP at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which expects by year-end to have upwards of 580 CNG buses in service.

Four CNG stations by Clean Energy Fuels (Booth 3755), built at working DART facilities, opened simultaneously on October 1, 2012, Hubbell says. They have been increasingly busy fueling 123 Arboc paratransit vehicles and a growing number of 40-foot transit vehicles by North American Bus Industries, now part of New Flyer.
“By the end of this calendar year, all of the 459 NABI buses will be delivered and will be in service,” Hubbell told Fleets & Fuels on the eve of APTA Expo 2014.
The NABI buses have G-Stor Pro brand Type III CNG tanks by Luxfer Gas Cylinders (Booth 3458), mounted and plumbed in roof-top assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems (3465).

The bottom line on CNG? “It has reduced our fuel expenses, both current and projected through 2020, by two thirds,” Hubbell says – $10 million to $12 million per year. DART retired the last of its LNG/liquefied natural gas buses at the end of last month. They too were supported by Clean Energy.

New Flyer Industries is at Booth 4037 and Arboc Specialty Vehicles is at 3513.

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