Alternative Fuels in Public Transportation: A Match Made on the Road

This article, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, focuses on the use of alternative fuels in public transportation. It discusses the various types of alternative fuels for buses, vans, shuttles, maintenance vehicles, police and security patrol cars, as well as the rationale for the use of alternative fuels by public agencies. The article suggests that transportation agencies that use alternative fuels can become catalysts for communities by creating a market for non-petroleum fuels. It also provides guidance for transportation agencies wishing to create an alternative fuel vehicle program. Three case studies are included: 1) a program in which the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) agency operates buses using liquefied natural gas; 2) the biodiesel-powered bus program operated by Metro, the mass transit provider for the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area; and, 3) the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in more than 200 of its buses.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 18-23
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 28 2005 6:55PM