100% of diesel-powered bus fleet to be replaced with CNG models
The Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority (MTTA) of Tulsa, Oklahoma has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. a contract to design, build, operate and maintain a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to support the agency’s growing fleet of CNG-powered buses and paratransit vehicles.
Slated to open in September 2011, the new MTTA fueling facility will be equipped with 39 time-fill posts and one fast-fill CNG dispenser. Located at MTTA’s vehicle maintenance facility, the new station will support the agency’s accelerating program to replace 100% of its diesel-powered bus fleet with clean, green, cost-efficient CNG models. Currently Tulsa Transit deploys 63 fixed-route buses and 49 paratransit vehicles, with annual ridership topping 2.8 million passenger trips.
In 2011, MTTA expects to add 35 new CNG paratransit vehicles and 15 CNG buses to its fleet, replacing diesel models as they are retired from service this year. A Request for Proposal (RFP) for supply and installation of conversion technology for the 35 units describes them as ARBOC Mobility LLC vehicles built on a General Motors (GM) G4500 chassis. The engine type is a GM 6.0 L Vortec.