Articles Tagged With: alternative-fuels
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May 2014

2014 Bus Maintenance Survey: Technician Staffing, Training Issues Grow

METRO’s annual Bus Maintenance Survey sees a growth in workforce issues compared to the first three installments, while more than 60% of the agencies who responded say they are buying more parts because they have to hold onto buses longer.

April 2014

Cities taking the lead on climate change

Hopefully, as the trust funds are going bankrupt, Congress will address not only that issue but also answer the call for a long-term policy on at least coping with the risks of climate change.

September 2013

2013 Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets: Innovate with Tech, Green Vehicles

Alternatively-propelled vehicles total 16,434 and make up 25% of the fleet totals reported for 2013, with natural gas leading the way.

April 2013

Green Report: Hydrogen Fuel Cells Gather Steam as Viable Fleet Option

U.S. transit systems testing the technology see economical as well as environmental benefits. Conversion to other alternative fuels — biodiesel, natural gas and propane autogas — continues growth.

May 2012

Maintenance Shops: Learning Curve Continues to Grow

Second annual Bus Maintenance Survey finds that many agencies around the nation are experiencing difficulties with alternative propulsion, as they continue to add new equipment in the shop to service as well as learn new ways to make repairs to the vehicles. Meanwhile parts issues, including concerns about availability, lead times and frequent failures, remains the biggest issue.

April 2011

Transit Fleets Come Clean as Alternative-Fuel Technology Comes of Age

Today, the maturation of alternative fuels has made it easier for transit agencies to implement programs than it was for early adopters in the 1990s. Even still, there are many lessons to learn from the early pioneers, including being aware of possible infrastructure and training investments.

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