Kansas City begins natural gas use on buses

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Kansas City is on the road to converting all of its public buses to natural gas.
The Kansas City Area Transportation on Wednesday put two new natural-gas powered buses into service. Transportation officials say the city will replace all of its 300 buses, which mostly use diesel, to natural-gas during the next 12 to 14 years. Five hybrid-electric buses also will be replaced.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/18b9wHu) another 23 natural-gas buses are already ordered.
Mark Huffer, general manager of the ATA, says natural gas costs about half the cost of diesel. And while a natural gas bus costs $40,000 more than a diesel-powered bus, it is expected to save the ATA $100,000 before it needs to be replaced.