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Three Bus Agencies Unveil New Vehicles

Bus agencies in Florida, Ohio and Indiana recently introduced new buses with alternative fuel technologies. 


The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) hosted a May 21 demonstration of electric bus technology by Proterra at its headquarters in St. Petersburg, FL. PSTA Chief Executive Officer Brad Miller, in front of the bus, provided welcoming remarks followed by an on-board demonstration of zero-emission battery-electric technology.


Joe Calabrese, at podium, chief executive officer and general manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), recently unveiled 90 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses from Gillig at a ceremony at the city’s Great Lakes Science Center. An additional 25 of the buses will arrive in 2016. The CNG buses replace clean diesel buses that have reached the extent of their useful life. Calabrese noted that the cost of natural gas fuel is one-third that of diesel, and that each CNG bus reduces annual emissions by 100 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per bus. RTA Board Member Valarie J. McCall, APTA vice chair and city of Cleveland’s chief of government and international affairs, served as the event emcee.


IndyGo in Indianapolis recently received the first of 21 electric buses built by Gillig and fully refurbished by Complete Coach Works. When all the vehicles arrive and enter service later this year, they will comprise the largest electric bus fleet in the U.S. IndyGo purchased the buses with a $10 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant and is using a $3 million federal State of Good Repair grant to install solar panels that will be used to charge the electric buses.


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