Phoenix to Purchase CNG Fueled Buses
Phoenix City Council gave for the Phoenix Public Transit Department to buy buses that use compressed natural gas.
The move marks a big change for Phoenix, which currently has the largest liquid natural gas bus fleet in the U.S. and is expected to net a $4 million savings for the city.
“Compressed natural gas has become the public transit industry’s standard for natural gas powered vehicles,” department director Neal Young said.
CNG buses are cheaper because of the vehicle’s manufacturing process and the dense fuel can be delivered via pipeline to bus fueling sites.
The 120 new CNG buses will replace the same number of retiring LNG buses and will be procured for $61 million from a regional cooperative purchasing agreement with the Regional Public Transportation Authority. The new buses will arrive between the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.
After delivery, Phoenix’s 465 Valley Metro buses will be 65 percent natural gas and 35 percent ultra-low sulfur diesel both which are considered clean-burning fuels.
Valley Metro Releases New Animated Short
Valley Metro released the next Notes music video titled “ValleyMetro.org” by local band Black Carl. While the song demonstrates the ease of using Valley Metro’s website, the video features a humorous fairytale setting that will charm audiences of all ages..
This is the 10th song to be released in the Notes series and Valley Metro celebrated by giving a little something back to its riders during a social media customer appreciation event. Five Facebook followers won goodie bags with earbuds and crown-shaped phone plugs.
“We want to connect with passengers in a way that shows transit can be fun and approachable,” said Hillary Foose, Valley Metro director, communication and marketing. “While the video is amusing and whimsical, the song is a reminder of how to use our online tools, including our recently upgraded mobile site.”