Phoenix rolls out new buses in an effort to go green


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 11:47 AM

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Public Transit Department is rolling out some new buses in an effort to be "Green and Clean for 2014."

Phoenix Public Transit purchased 120 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses last year. Thirty-two CNG buses are out on the streets now and the remainder of the fleet is being acquired and prepared for use.

"CNG fuel is one of the measures that the City Council approved to make sure that we were being energy efficient," said Maria Hyatt, interim public transit director for the city of Phoenix.

Councilwoman Thelda Williams said it has been seven years since Phoenix has been able to purchase any new buses.

"They are gorgeous, they are being green, much more efficient," Williams said. She added that they are much more comfortable for riders.

Phoenix's older buses run on diesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

"We wanted to continue to run our bus system in a way that was good for the environment and a sustainable, reliable and efficient system," Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark said. "So the decision to move toward compessed natural gas buses and away from those LNG buses is going to allow us to do that."

Riders can expect to see all the new buses in circulation by the end of this summer.

Under the Valley Metro brand name, the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department provides local bus, RAPID® commuter bus, neighborhood and business circulators, Phoenix Dial-a-Ride and alternative transportation services by contracting with private companies who manage the day-to-day transit operations.