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April 5, 2013

Omnitrans CNG buses approach 100M miles

San Bernardino, Calif.-based Omnitrans buses will surpass the 100 million mile mark in compressed natural gas (CNG) miles traveled this April.

The journey began in 1997 with the arrival of Omnitrans’ first CNG buses. Omnitrans led the way in the transition from diesel fuel to CNG, adopting the clean fuel technology years before South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations mandated the switch for transit fleets. By 2009, the entire transit agency’s fleet of 160 buses was running on clean-burning natural gas.

“Omnitrans helps keep the San Bernardino Valley clean and green by using alternative fuels to reduce harmful emissions,” said Omnitrans CEO/GM Milo Victoria.

The newest additions to the Omnitrans CNG fleet are 60-foot, articulated vehicles for the sbX bus rapid transit line set to launch in 2014. They are the first CNG-powered, five-door transit coaches ever manufactured for a U.S. transit agency and thus required rigorous industry testing.

The five-door configuration is needed to serve both curb-side and center-street stations now under construction in San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

RELATED ARTICLE: Check out, "5 Questions: Omnitrans' Milo Victoria."

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