Luzerne County Transportation Authority gets grant for four CNG buses

April 3, 2018. The Luzerne County Transportation Authority in Pennsylvania has received a $1.7 million federal grant that will help the authority transition its fleet to the use of compressed natural gas (CNG).

   The grant, through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bus & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment program, will pay for the purchase of four buses that will run on CNG, according to LCTA Executive Director Norm Gavlick.

   The new buses will be more environmentally friendly and will save money in fuel costs compared to the buses they will replace, which run on diesel fuel and have been in service for at least 12 years, Gavlick said.

   “These vehicles will also allow for future savings by offering better fuel efficiency, higher performance and reduced maintenance costs,” Gavlick said.

   Including the four buses funded by the grant, the authority plans to add seven CNG-fueled buses to its fleet in the next year, Gavlick said. The first two of those could join the fleet by the end of the summer, he said.

   The authority’s first CNG-fueled buses will re-fuel at one of a few locations in the region that sell natural gas for use in vehicles, including a site in Pittston Twp., according to Gavlick.