Since 2016, Houston METRO has traveled 10 million miles with their fleet of compressed natural gas buses. The CNG fleet currently has 50 buses and will have 20 more by the end of 2018. Natural gas buses are leading the alternative fuels charge against outdated diesel and gasoline fuels.
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), the harmful pollutant that creates ozone above the metro area. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) reported that 67% of all NOx emissions come from a mobile source, particularly heavy-duty trucks that run throughout the city.
In the past two years METRO has used more than 3 million gallons of compressed natural gas, reducing more than 3,000 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from entering the air. By adopting clean burning fuels, like CNG, METRO has greatly reduced the amount of harmful pollutants in Houston’s air. Replacing dirty fuels with CNG is the safest and most affordable method for improving air quality.
METRO’s 10 million mile achievement was announced during the NGV America Road Rally by Jim Robinson, First Vice-Chair of the METRO Board at the North Houston Freedom CNG station on Tuesday, October 30th. The 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.