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With a nod to environmental concerns, the NFTA adds to its fleet

Chris Caya WBFO News

The NFTA is rolling out dozens of new energy efficient buses.

Metro is adding 44 full-size buses, ten paratransit vans and two supervisor vehicles, all powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas.

At a preview on Tuesday,  NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said the fuel savings are estimated to be about $3 million over the life of the vehicles.

"Aside from the economic savings, the environmental benefits are also important," Minkel said. 

"Natural gas vehicles produce lower levels of some emissions and because the CNG (Compressed Nayural Gas) fuel systems are completely sealed, the CNG vehicles produce no evaporative emissions, so that's good for the environment." 

All of the new full-size buses kneel, so there's no stairs to climb. All have ramps for easy wheel chair access.

Most of the $12 million cost was covered by federal and state grants.

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