Saturday, December 31, 2011
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced that Ride On has purchased 13 new American-made buses -- 12 hybrid electric-diesel buses and one clean diesel bus -- using $6.55 million in federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds provided by the State of Maryland. Ride On has a fleet of 339 buses and in fiscal year 2011, the bus system carried 26.7 million riders. With this acquisition, environmentally-friendly buses will comprise nearly two-thirds of the fleet or 64 percent. Eighteen percent are hybrids, 27 percent are compressed natural gas buses (CNG) and 19 percent are clean diesel.
Leggett thanked the County’s federal delegation: Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski and Representatives Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards; Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff; Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley; and the County’s State delegation for their assistance in helping to secure the ARRA funds for Ride On.
Compared to Ride On’s oldest buses, the clean diesel and hybrid diesel-electric buses that were purchased with ARRA funds meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 emissions standards for heavy-duty diesel vehicles. These buses emit 95 percent less nitrogen oxides, 90 percent less particulate matter and five percent less carbon dioxide. The clean diesels also improve fuel economy by five percent. In addition, as hybrid buses use 20 to 30 percent less fuel, they emit 20 to 30 percent less carbon emissions compared to conventional diesel buses.
For more information about the buses, go to the County’s website.
CATEGORIES: Ride On
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