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KANSAS CITY ADDS 15 NEW BUSES TO TRANSIT FLEET

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) continues to increase the number natural gas buses in its fleet by adding 15 new CNG buses that are now serving Metro bus routes. KCATA purchased eight 40-foot CNG buses at $438,000 each, and seven 30-foot CNG buses at $427,000 each. The buses are being purchased with the funding from a federal grant. Eight more CNG buses will be delivered in the fall, and more are on order and will arrive in 2015. The CNG buses are being phased in as current buses retire. KCATA is also building a fast-fill transit CNG fueling station and making modifications at its headquarters to accommodate the new vehicles. Once the entire fleet is using CNG, the agency expects to save up to $4 million a year in fuel costs.