The Maryland Transit Administration is receiving almost $100 million to invest in 172 clean diesel buses after gaining approval by the state’s spending board on Wednesday.
According to a Baltimore Business Journal report, the new clean diesel buses will replace older vehicles – some which have been service for 15 years.
“The Maryland Transit Administration made a strong and smart case for modernizing its bus fleet, and the choice for clean diesel buses is the best choice,” says Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “New clean diesels not only cost far less than other alternative powertrains, but are as clean – or cleaner – than alternatives. In this instance, the new clean diesels will reduce NOx and particulate matter by as much as 95 percent compared to the 10- or 15-year-old buses they replace.”
Diesel Technology Forum says this Maryland decision mirrors other significant orders of clean diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses by transit agencies in major communities such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey.