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.
As part of this $50 million program, a new 49,000 square-foot high-bay maintenance building, a 12,000 square-foot operations and administration building, and a two-bay bus wash building were added to the existing facility complex.
The new product would allow universities, transit agencies and for-hire transportation companies that use small shuttle buses to easily cut fuel costs while supporting sustainability efforts.
Additional records include gradeability, weight and acceleration. While conventional diesel buses average 3.86 MPG, the Proterra Catalyst achieved the best efficiency rating ever for a 40-foot transit bus at 22 MPGe.
COTA replaces one-twelfth of its fleet each year, based on the average 12-year life span of a bus. COTA’s average fleet age is 4.7 years, compared to the national average of 7.8 years (based on 2013 data)
Along with wrapped buses, the campaign will include printing and distributing window clings with the conservation message at public events that agencies also will use on their fleets.
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