WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, the University of Georgetown switched to a 20 percent biodiesel blend on its transportation shuttle buses and other university staff vehicles. For the full story, click here.
The selected projects represent strategic investments to help reduce air pollution, train employees in maintaining new technology buses, and connect people to jobs and services through efficient bus transit networks.
These zero-emission buses, to be manufactured by Proterra, will be placed into DART’s public transit service in the state’s capital, Dover, and surrounding Kent County in early 2018.
First started in 2009, 133 public transit agencies and businesses have signed on to the APTA Sustainability Commitment. Currently, 38 signatories have received recognition.
Industry, still the nation's largest emitter, accounts for about 29% of all emissions — down from nearly 36% in 1990. However, transportation — the country's second-largest contributor to greenhouse emissions — has increased its share from 24% in 1990 to 27% in 2014.
The electric buses will replace five diesel buses, which have been in service since 1999 and have logged more than 500,000 miles each. The diesel buses consume a combined 39,114 gallons of diesel fuel each year.
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