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Thursday, November 1, 2012

SARTA Buses Running on Natural Gas

From WKBN 27 News:
The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in May began replacing about a quarter of its fleet to keep up with a changing trend in the automotive and fuel industry — using vehicles that run on compressed natural gas instead of traditional gasoline or diesel fuel. 

SARTA said about 23 of its 85 buses are running off CNG, saving Stark County about two dollars per gallon. About 120,000 vehicles nationwide used CNG. 

“Right now for us, it’s about a third of the cost of diesel,” said SPARTA executive director and CEO Kirt Conrad. “So we’re essentially saving $2 a gallon equivalent by going to compressed natural gas.” 

Conrad said the decision for the switch was not necessarily driven by the Marcellus and Utica shale discoveries in northeast Ohio. He said it had mostly to do with the economic and environmental benefits of CNG vehicles. 
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