KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority on Friday welcomed its first two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses.
CNG vehicles are cleaner burning and more fuel efficient than traditional diesel transit buses.
LCTA officials said they will fuel the buses at a local CNG filling station for the time being, with plans underway to build their own, on-site CNG filling station within the next two years.
Friday’s arrivals are the first new buses delivered to LCTA since 2013. They are not replacements but “add-ons,” which will bring the agency’s fixed-route fleet from 38 to 40.
By the end of 2018, the agency will have acquired a total of seven new buses, LCTA officials have previously said. Five of them will help LCTA retire buses that have at least a dozen years of service.
Under U.S. regulations, buses procured with federal government assistance must be kept in service for at least 12 years or 500,000 miles.
The buses received Friday will need several more weeks of preparation before being assigned to routes, LCTA officials said.
LCTA serves more than 1 million riders each year.