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Transit Authority Orders CNG Buses for Transportation Services in Michigan

The Council on Aging (COA), a provider of transportation for seniors and disabled passengers throughout St. Clair County, Michigan, is getting six new Champion LF-Transportation CNG buses, according to a press release published by Mass Transit Mag.

Blue Water Area Transit received grant funding from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program to purchase the new buses. The CMAQ program is funded (80 percent) by the Federal Highway Administration. The Michigan Department of Transportation contributed a 20 percent local funding match.

The CMAQ program supports projects that contribute air quality improvements and provide traffic congestion relief. The program supports the attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.

“The Council on Aging is proud to do our part in helping to protect the environment by operating compressed natural gas buses,” said Scott Crawford, COA executive director. “These new buses will replace aging buses that are incurring very high maintenance costs for us.”

COA provides transportation for seniors and disabled passengers throughout St. Clair County. Each of the new buses can carry 16 seated riders (or 12 seated riders with two wheelchairs), and COA buses are able to refuel at BWAT’s four public stations in St. Clair County.