CDTA Switching to Biodiesel For Buslines.

hb.jpgThe Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany, New York has just announced that they will be switching to biodiesel for all of their diesel powered buses.

(Albany, NY) – In a move to make bus travel even more environmentally friendly, the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) plans to convert its entire bus fleet to biodiesel fuel by year’s end.  A study by the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture in 1998 found that biodiesel emitted 78 percent less net carbon dioxide than traditional petroleum diesel.  

This is in addition to the CDTA’s 6 already green diesel/electric hybrid buses

Compared with the diesel buses they are replacing, hybrid buses reduce emissions by up to 90 percent! They also use up to 30 percent less fuel, provide smooth, seamless acceleration and run quieter than a traditional diesel bus.

Some specifics:

  • Particulate Matter (PM) reduced by up to 90 percent

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) reduced by up to 90 percent

  • Hydrocarbons (HC) reduced by up to 90 percent

  • Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) reduced by up to 50 percent

Now if that wasn’t impressive enough, the CDTA also is using solar power to light their bustops. 

Coming from a part of the country where public transport is sketchy at best, it’s refreshing to see a city transit authority that takes it’s duty to the environment and the citizens seriously.