The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will introduce its new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles at Ilus Davis Park at 10 a.m. July 10.
The introduction of two new CNG vehicles signals the start of a new era of clean technology vehicles for KCATA. CNG buses will provide significant fuel savings, and at the same time, produce less pollution.
“We are committed to clean air technology,” said Mark Huffer, KCATA general manager. “These CNG vehicles will join our hybrid-electric and clean diesel buses, along with our alternative energy support vehicles.”
CNG vehicles will be phased in as current buses are retired. Once the entire fleet is using CNG, the agency expects to save up to $4.6 million a year in fuel costs. KCATA will also build a fueling station and make some changes at its headquarters to accommodate the new vehicles.
The first two 30-foot CNG buses cost $425,000 and were purchased with a federal grant.