A number of alternative fuels have been suggested and/or tested for use in mass transit buses. This project, a cooperative effort of researchers at Michigan State University and Wayne State University, is assessing the current status of the alternative fuel possibilities. In phase one, the study reviewed the literature on alternative fuels for buses. The first review concentrated on public transit agencies that are currently using alternative fuels. The second review covered alternative fuel research and development reports. A third review involved interviews with the automobile manufacturers and Detroit Diesel Corporation to determine current and proposed research on the use of alternative fuels. From that background, a comprehensive summary of knowledge about safety, cost, performance, and testing of alternative fuels was established. The conclusion from this analysis was that the Michigan Department of Transportation would not contribute significantly to the state of knowledge by sponsoring a demonstration program using alternative fuels. The recommendation was made that the Department fund a demonstration program on engine modification to meet the Clear Air Act standards while burning diesel fuel.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    3546 Engineering Building
    East Lansing, MI  United States  48824-1226

    Wayne State University

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
    Detroit, MI  United States  48202

    Michigan Department of Transportation

    State Transportation Building, 425 West Ottawa Street, P.O. Box 30050
    Lansing, MI  United States  48909

    Great Lakes Center for Truck and Transit Research

    201 UMTRI Building, 2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150
  • Authors:
    • Drakopolis, A
    • Alsahili, K
    • Taylor, W C
    • Khasnabis, S
  • Publication Date: 1993-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 244 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00672461
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GLCTTR 20-91/4
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1995 12:00AM