Pierce Transit's Experience with an Alternate Fuel Compressed Natural Gas January-December 1992

by Ronald J. Shipley, Pierce Transit, Tacoma, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


At the end of 1992, Pierce Transit's CNG fleet consisted of 30, 40-foot Orion buses, 19 ElDorado Buses, on GMC 'New Look' bus, one 1990 Chevy Celebrity, and one Collins Shuttle van. As of this writing, Pierce Transit has the largest CNG powered transit fleet in the United States. The last quarter of 1993 we are planning to take delivery of up to 28 suburban coaches manufactered by Bus Industries of America. They will be CNG powered, air conditioned, and have a more plush interior than a standard transit coach. These buses are to be utilized in the Seattle Express service. The choice of compressed natural gas as an alternate fuel has not been a positive experience for Pierce Transit. They have established a very comprehensive compressed natural gas resource network. Pierce Transit is dedicated to compressed natural gas as an alternate fuel.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Natural gas | Non-renewable energy | Compression | Buses | Air pollution | Construction management | Vehicles | United States | Seattle | Washington

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