America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) is providing buses fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) for the 2012 U.S. Republican National Convention, running August 27-30. The 12 shuttle buses, dubbed the “GOP EZ” Shuttles (see end note), will transport convention participants on specific routes to several hotels, as well as attractions in the Tampa Bay area. ANGA is working with local utility TECO Peoples Gas and Ultimate CNG to provide CNG fuel for the buses.
“We are proud to have this opportunity to provide transportation to convention participants in Tampa and to give them a first-hand experience with natural gas vehicles,” said ANGA President and Chief Executive Office Regina Hopper. “Companies and local leaders across the country are embracing natural gas as a fuel choice and calling for more vehicle options and filling stations to help drive this change. Our message in Tampa and beyond is that this is an extraordinary opportunity for our nation, and it’s time to get on board with this American fuel choice.”
CNG fuel provides significant cost savings over diesel-fueled buses. When compared to diesel, compressed natural gas costs about $1.69 less per gallon equivalent.
Tampa and St. Petersburg are already taking advantage of natural gas as a clean, affordable transportation fuel, using it for airport transit vehicles and as part of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit system starting next year. The decision to employ natural gas vehicles will add up to substantial cost savings and environmental benefits over the life of the vehicles.
“As mayor, I have seen firsthand the benefits that natural gas vehicles can bring in terms of lower fuel costs and clean air. I am pleased to welcome natural gas buses to the convention. These buses will not only provide a cleaner, cheaper method of transport but will also connect the thousands of guests here for various convention events to our local attractions,” said City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
“We’re delighted that these 12 natural gas vehicles – what we call ‘the Clean Dozen’ – will be part of our convention,” said William Harris, CEO of the 2012 Republican National Convention Committee on Arrangements. “Energy independence is critical to Mitt Romney’s vision of a better future for all Americans, which is what this convention is all about.”
ANGA also will be providing buses for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, September 4-6.
End Note: GOP stands for “Grand Old Party”, a name associated with the Republican Party.
(This article compiled using information from an ANGA press release)