Cleveland’s mass transit agency plans to replace most of its fleet of diesel-powered buses over the next four years with buses using natural gas.
The board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has authorized spending more than $28 million to purchase 60 natural gas-powered buses in 2015.
The agency expects to buy at least 240 buses that use natural gas, staggering the purchases over four years.
The fleet currently has 415 buses, all running on diesel fuel.
The higher cost of natural gas-powered buses — $472,000 versus $426,000 — will be offset in less than two years. Natural gas is cheaper and more efficient.
According to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, fuel is the agency’s second biggest expense after wages and has led in the past to fare increases.