Muskegon, in the US state of Michigan, continues to replace its older diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses as part of its assets management program. Operated by the Muskegon Area Transit System (MATS), three new CNG buses entered into service last week, reported the White Lake Beacon, with another to join the fleet in the summer of 2012.
“MATS has been using natural gas in its seasonal trolley vehicles and small buses for nearly 10 years now,” said Transit Manager Jim Koens, “but these will be the first heavy-duty CNG buses in our fleet. Compressed natural gas burns cleanly, is produced domestically, and is more cost-effective than diesel fuel at this time.”
The new, 32-passenger low-floor buses were built by Gillig Corporation in Hayward, California. Gillig has a long association with natural gas vehicles, building its first dedicated liquefied natural gas (LNG) transit bus in 1992.