Taking public transit, already known to be a greener option than driving, can be made even more environmentally friendly—and cost effective—through the use of efficient, reliable, and affordable propane autogas. The already significant benefits of propane autogas are exponentially increased when used in high-mileage vehicles that require frequent idling, such as those used for public transportation.
The benefits of using propane autogas to fuel public transportation vehicles include:
Public transit agencies across the country are making the switch from gasoline and diesel to propane in their fleets of buses, taxis, and trolleys. The benefits they've reported so far are displayed below.
The county public transit department converted nine shuttle buses and vans to run on propane, with the ability to switch to gasoline with the flip of a switch for situations when they may run low on propane.
Flint Mass Transportation Authority operates 72 propane-powered shuttle buses.
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority runs 20 propane-fueled paratransit shuttle buses and plans to add 40 more by 2015.
Metro Cars operates more than 200 vehicles powered by propane autogas, including 13 transit buses that were converted to run on propane.
Port Columbus International Airport uses 19 propane autogas shuttle buses and plans to convert its remaining six diesel buses.
Unified Government of Wyandotte County has 15 propane autogas vehicles, including 13 transit buses.
Taxi Cab Company of Tyler runs two sedans, two vans, and a shuttle bus on propane autogas.
As of 2011, nearly one-third of the city’s taxis were run on propane autogas.
Pittsburgh Transportation Group operates 50 propane-powered cabs in its 800-vehicle fleet and has installed a propane refueling station on site.
The transit system converted 10 public transportation vans to run on propane autogas.Sources: