METRO Celebrates 10 Million Miles on CNG at NGVAmerica Road Rally Stop
Since 2016, Houston METRO has traveled 10 million miles with their fleet of CNG buses. The transit authority’s 10-million-mile achievement was announced during the NGVAmerica Road Rally by Jim Robinson, First Vice-Chair of the METRO Board at the North Houston Freedom CNG station on Tuesday, October 30.
Houston is ranked 11th on the American Lung Association’s list of worst polluted cities by ozone. The high road traffic in Houston contributes to the high concentration of nitrogen oxide (NOx), and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) reported that 67 percent of all NOx emissions come from a mobile source, particularly heavy-duty trucks that run throughout the city.
The CNG fleet currently has 50 buses and will have 20 more by the end of 2018. In the past two years METRO has used more than 3 million gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG, reducing more than 3,000 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from entering the air. METRO says replacing dirty fuels with CNG is the safest and most affordable method for improving air quality.
The NGVAmerica road rally made 15 stops across the country promoting the use of natural gas as transportation fuel and educating the public about clean burning alternative fuels. The message is clear: natural gas is proven, powerful and productive.