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Houston Displays CNG Buses, Opens Fueling Station

 Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) unveiled 50 new CNG-powered buses at an event Jan. 26 that also marked the opening of one of the state’s largest CNG refueling stations.

The CNG-powered buses from North American Bus Industries join METRO’s fleet of 1,220 buses, which include clean diesel and hybrid vehicles. METRO partnered with Freedom CNG, a Texas-based alternative fuel provider, which built the fueling station.

METRO Board Member Jim Robinson stated that the agency is moving toward CNG to promote clean air initiatives. He cited EPA statistics showing that CNG-fueled vehicles produce about 20 percent less carbon dioxide and 70 percent less carbon monoxide than their diesel-fueled counterparts.

The low floor bus design incorporates large windows and a more spacious interior, allowing greater mobility for wheelchairs and other devices. An electrically operated flip-out ramp eases boarding. The buses also feature LEDs for the front and side destination signs and virtually all bus interior and exterior lighting.

Representatives of Houston METRO and Freedom CNG gather to welcome the agency's 50 new CNG buses at one of the largest refueling stations in Texas.

Photo by Mike Ortega

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