Mesa County, Colo., will soon be adding six more compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to its Grand Valley Transit (GVT) fleet.
Earlier this year, the county announced the purchase of the new 33-foot cutaway CNG buses, each of which costs approximately $147,000. The county had received federal and state grants to help cover the cost.
The new Glaval Entourage buses were purchased through National Bus Sales and are expected to be in service sometime between August and September.
Veronica Daehn Harvey, communications manager for Mesa County, says GVT already has four CNG buses, including two 35-foot and two 40-foot low-floor models.
As she explains, ‘In April 2010, the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee, the governing board over GVT, adopted a policy that all future bus purchases would be CNG as a means to reducing environmental impacts of transit operations on the community and reducing GVT dependence on foreign oil by moving toward a domestically produced form of energy.”
GVT's CNG buses are fueled through the City of Grand Junction's fueling station.