The Transit Authority of the City of Omaha (Metro)’s Board of Directors has approved the purchase of nine compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses for Metro’s paratransit service, MOBY. They will replace current vehicles that have reached their useful life, as calculated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
MOBY is a shared, advance reservation curb-to-curb complementary paratransit service for metropolitan area ADA certified residents and visiting ADA certified individuals, who, as a result of their disabilities are unable to use Metro Transit’s conventional ADA compatible fixed-route network. It provides transportation for ADA-certified trips within three quarters of a mile on each side of all fixed routes.
The introduction of CNG-powered vehicles is part of a larger sustainability initiative by Metro to transition to more environmentally-friendly fuel options, such as CNG and clean diesel.
Awarded Federal Grant
Metro was also recently awarded a competitive federal grant for $2.4 million to help purchase CNG-powered buses to enhance Metro’s fixed route fleet. These vehicles will assist in maintaining air quality and reduce harmful toxins and greenhouse gases, furthering Metro’s commitment to environmental practices and sustainability. Metro is sourcing these vehicles through a competitively-bid contract through the State of Nebraska, which was awarded to Master’s Transportation on March 23, 2017. The $801,000 purchase is financed with federal matching funds. The FTA’s contribution of $680,850 will be matched by a $100,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and $20,150 allocation from Metro.
Metro is the public transportation provider that serves Omaha, Nebraska, as well as five contiguous jurisdictions who have contracted services.
Source: Transit Authority of the City of Omaha