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Santa Clarita Transit Introduces CNG Commuter Buses

Santa Clarita (CA) Transit recently introduced five commuter coaches from Motor Coach Industries (MCI) powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace five of its oldest diesel-powered commuter buses in a fleet of 13.

The agency has operated CNG-powered buses on local routes since 2014 but said the vehicles previously available lacked sufficient power and range for over-the-road service. The new MCI buses operate with an 8.9-liter CNG engine from Cummins.

“It’s great to see our new compressed natural gas coaches on the road. Not only do they represent our ongoing commitment to provide safe and reliable service, but they demonstrate our desire to do so in an efficient and environmentally responsible fashion,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar.

Santa Clarita Transit hopes to convert its entire fleet to alternative fuel within the next 10 years.
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