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Bringing Green to the Streets of Your Community 

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.

Fuel Smart: benefits of propane autogas

The benefits of using propane autogas to fuel public transportation vehicles include:

  • Lower fuel costs
  • Up to three times longer engine life with fewer oil changes compared with gasoline
  • Reduced greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and particulate emissions in comparison with gasoline
  • Ability to meet performance needs of vehicles placed under demanding conditions of high mileage and long running times
  • Compliance with federal alternative fuel vehicle requirements for fleets
  • Easy refueling and affordable development of on-site refueling infrastructure
  • Rebates and incentives offered by federal and state organizations for the purchase or conversion of vehicles as well as tax credits and exemptions on fuel costs
  • Public promotion of environmentally friendly transportation through high visibility of vehicles in the community

Proven performance

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.

Bloomington, Illinois:

October 2017, Connect Transit in Bloomington, Illinois purchased four propane powered public transit buses and
with plans to add additional propane powered buses in the future.

Estimated savings of $26,000 per year, plus the opportunity to buy an American-made and cleaner-burning fuel.

Jackson County, North Carolina:

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.

Displacement of an estimated 200,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of each bus.

Flint, Michigan:

Flint Mass Transportation Authority operates 72 propane-powered shuttle buses.

Replacement of aging diesel vehicles with propane vehicles reduces their carbon footprint by 60% and their fuel costs by 50%.

Cleveland, Ohio:

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority runs 20 propane-fueled paratransit shuttle buses and plans to add 40 more by 2015.

Displacement of more than 520,000 gallons of petroleum annually.

Detroit, Michigan:

Metro Cars operates more than 200 vehicles powered by propane autogas, including 13 transit buses that were converted to run on propane.

Displacement of 2.5 tons of particulate matter, 11 tons of nitrogen oxide, and almost nine tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Columbus, Ohio:

Port Columbus International Airport uses 19 propane autogas shuttle buses and plans to convert its remaining six diesel buses.

Approximately $100,000 in fuel cost savings and offset of more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline annually.

Kansas City, Kansas:

Unified Government of Wyandotte County has 15 propane autogas vehicles, including 13 transit buses.

Savings of more than $10,500 in fuel costs in 2012.

Tyler, Texas:

Taxi Cab Company of Tyler runs two sedans, two vans, and a shuttle bus on propane autogas.

Reduced carbon emissions of 1,000 tons annually and lower fuel costs.

Las Vegas, Nevada:

As of 2011, nearly one-third of the city’s taxis were run on propane autogas.

Compared with gasoline, $1 per gallon savings on fuel costs as well as 10% to 15% reduction in carbon dioxide and 20% reduction in carbon monoxide emissions.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

Pittsburgh Transportation Group operates 50 propane-powered cabs in its 800-vehicle fleet and has installed a propane refueling station on site. 

Rowan County, North Carolina:

Saving taxpayer money and improving air quality while buying a domestically produced fuel; fuel savings paid for the cost of conversion and installation of an autogas fuel pump.

The transit system converted 10 public transportation vans to run on propane autogas.


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