COTA Looks To Go Green With Release Of 30 New Buses


UPDATED: Monday May 6, 2013 1:30 PM

Everyone notices a COTA bus when you see one on the street.

But, with the addition of 30 new units that use natural gas, COTA is looking to go green.

The compressed natural gas is stored in a fuel tank on the roof of each bus and helps them run much quieter.

The lack of noise is the only thing that will be noticeably different to riders.

"How the bus runs, how they enter, how they exit, how they pay the fare is exactly the same,” said Bryan Hoyt, a spokesman for COTA. “What really is the big difference with our CNG buses are the engines and how they're fueled. Instead of traditional diesel gasoline, these are powered by natural gas."

Federal grants helped pay for the buses that cost about $470,000 each and are expected to save more than $20,000 a year in fuel per bus.

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