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Autogas Takes Hold of Transit Industry

By February 9, 2016February 24th, 2016Blog

Autogas Takes Hold of Transit Industry

Dear Friends of ROUSH CleanTech,
Todd Mouw, VP of sales and marketing, ROUSH CleanTech

More than 500 school districts across North America have deployed Blue Bird Vision school buses powered by propane autogas. This clean-burning, cost-effective alternative fuel is lowering emissions around school children, and putting more money back into school budgets.

Transit agencies have taken notice, and are adding autogas powered paratransit buses into their fleets. Almost 700 units transport passengers in 12 states, with the highest concentration in Michigan.

Because our Ford E-450 cutaway chassis completed Altoona testing (and is the only propane autogas vehicle to do so), transit agencies can take advantage of FTA funding. This covers 85 percent of the entire alternative fuel vehicle cost, with a 15 percent local match, further reducing the cost of switching to propane autogas.

In Michigan, Flint Mass Transportation Authority has the second largest autogas paratransit fleet with 120. The agency’s autogas shuttles have chalked up over 9 million miles, and saved about $2 million in fuel and maintenance costs compared with diesel.

Florida’s Broward County Transit tops the charts with the largest paratransit fleet in the U.S. Because paratransit service can be one of the most expensive per passenger transportation modes in public transportation, BCT was looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies to lower cost. Switching to propane autogas provided an opportunity to drive down those costs with the agency’s 140 shuttles.

Below is a map showing all of the transit agencies using ROUSH CleanTech’s clean-burning propane autogas fuel system.

We’d love to tell you more about how propane autogas can make a difference in your fleet, and put money back in your pockets. Call us today at 800.59.ROUSH.


Todd Mouw