LCTA Adds Two Natural Gas Buses

August 6, 2018

LCTA Adds Two Natural Gas Buses

KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority on Friday took delivery of two buses that run on compressed natural gas, or CNG, which LCTA officials say will provide both cost savings and environmental benefits.

The new buses — the first the authority has received since 2013 — bring the authority’s fleet of fixed route buses to 40, according to a news release issued by LCTA.

The CNG buses will be more fuel-efficient and produce fewer emissions than buses that run on diesel fuel, according to LCTA. The buses will re-fuel at a local CNG filling station for now, but the authority plans to build its own CNG filling station within the next two years, the news release states.

Earlier this year, an LCTA spokeswoman said the authority hopes to relocate its operations from Kingston to the former Murray Complex on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre, though that deal has not yet been finalized.

If the authority moves to the 14-acre Murray Complex site, it plans to open a CNG distribution station there that would service LCTA buses and also sell CNG to the public, the spokeswoman said.

In April, LCTA received a $1.7 million federal grant that will help the authority transition its fleet to the use of CNG.

The new buses will need several weeks of preparation before they are assigned to fixed routes, according to the news release.

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