CityBus leading the way in eco-friendly transit

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A $3 million compressed natural gas facility will allow CityBus to bring in new buses and save millions of dollars.

Six CNG buses have been ordered and are scheduled to be delivered in March. The buses are more environmentally friendly than the hybrid buses and are also cheaper to maintain.

CityBus will be the first transit system in the state to have these eco-friendly buses. General Manager Martin Sennett said the buses will allow them to save nearly $10 million over the next 10 years.

“State funding has been frozen for use for seven years. The federal government has pretty much capped their program. We’re not having a lot of growth in our normal revenue streams, so in order to pay the bills, we have to find savings,” Sennett said.

The project is expected to break ground next month and is scheduled to be complete by March 2015.

Martin said as older buses are phased out, they will be replaced by more CNG buses.

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