New transit buses to run on compressed natural gas

New transit buses to run on compressed natural gas

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany leaders plan to spend money to save money, and reduce pollution, by buying transit buses that run on compressed natural gas.

The state Department of Transportation will pay most of the cost of the buses, and the city will use sales tax revenue to fund pump stations.

The city may eventually switch more city vehicles to compressed natural gas because its much cheaper than gasoline or diesel, only about $1.10 per gallon.

"Its clear from our research and work with the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia that these are growing very quickly. The company that we are working with has probably put in 40 or 50 stations over the last two to three years so its just one installation after another," says Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.

City officials say once they get final approval, they will order the new buses in the next two to three months, and build the pump stations in about a year.

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