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Transit Industry Leads in Propane Adoption

Transit Industry Leads in Propane Adoption

It’s been a long time coming, but we are back in person at two major events this week — American Public Transportation Association (APTA) TRANSform Conference & Expo in Orlando and Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Expo in Richmond.

The transit industry has been a progressive voice in leading the adoption of propane vehicles, especially for paratransit usage. Over a decade ago, we unveiled Flint Mass Transportation Authority’s first propane autogas paratransit bus (now its propane fleet is over 170). More than five years ago, we celebrated the Delaware Transit Corporation’s new propane fuel station along with the agency’s plans to increase its fleet of propane-powered paratransit buses to 130. DTC now operates over 265 propane vehicles.

We recently completed a case study highlighting the adoption of propane autogas by two transit agencies in Washington State. With a goal to lower their emissions and total operating costs, Kitsap Transit and Whatcom Transportation Authority sought paratransit vehicles with cleaner emissions that would help lower their fuel cost. They found their solution with ROUSH CleanTech’s Ford E-450 propane autogas paratransit buses. 

Kitsap operates 49 propane-powered paratransit buses that average 25 cents less per mile than its comparable diesel vehicles. Whatcom has 22 propane paratransit buses that don’t have cold-start issues and warm up quickly, saving the agency both time and money. Download the complete case study here.

From coast to coast, more than 1,500 transit buses currently operate with the same backing of Roush engineering expertise as all of our commercial vehicles and school buses. Contact us today if you’d like to talk about your organization’s clean transportation goals.

Have a great Thanksgiving and stay safe!