CLEVELAND BUSES ABANDON NATURAL GAS
...in favor of diesel.
RTA says the savings never played out - comparable new natural-gas buses would cost an extra $42,000 each. In addition, the agency said today's clean-diesel technology is environmentally competitive with natural gas.
Rich Kassel, a vehicle pollution expert for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the days of the "smoking diesel buses" are over.
"Bus engine technology has moved in the last five years as far as car technology did in the last 25 years," Kassel said. "The diesel bus they are going to buy will be cleaner than 12-year-old natural gas buses. . . . But they are not as clean as the new natural gas buses."