The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has won millions of dollars in funding to help transition its fleet over to compressed natural gas (CNG).
Last week, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) awarded $42.7 million to support transportation projects in its five-county region. The RTA will receive about $22 million of the funds, though not all of it will go toward CNG efforts.
The RTA is replacing 60 old, diesel-powered buses with new, CNG-powered models this year, and the authority plans to order 180 more CNG buses in the future. This funding is expected to assist with the costs of the fleet switch.
Furthermore, about $2.4 million of the NOACA funds will go toward installing CNG fueling equipment at the RTA's Hayden Bus Facility in East Cleveland.