Clean Cities: Georgetown, Delaware
Our success story this week takes us to Georgetown, Delaware where a local transit agency has become energized on propane. In 2014, the state owned Delaware transit corporation converted 5 buses to propane. Soon the fleet will total 150 propane buses with 20 more planned. These paratransit buses shuttle disabled citizens throughout the state. Partnering with propane supplier Sharp Energy, DART expects the buses to travel over 1.5 million miles in 2017, with cost savings of close to a million dollars.
RICK WALTERS: “Overall performance of vehicles is greater and it pushes out our maintenance schedule because these engines burn so cleanly, we don’t have to change the oil as often which, again, is less fossil fuels being used.”
JOHN DAVIS: With long term support from the Delaware clean cities coalition, state funding was acquired for the propane conversions. DART also plans to add their own fueling infrastructure, building a stronger “propane” presence in “the first state”.