Clean Cities: Maine Shuttle
Our Success Story this week takes us from the summit to the sea--in the idyllic town of Bar Harbor, Maine--for a ride aboard the Island Explorer fleet of propane powered shuttle buses. Downeast Transportation acquired their first propane buses in 1999 as part of a federal grant designed to ease traffic congestion and improve air quality. Their current fleet of 35 buses travels 8 pre-planned routes, taking visitors from their lodgings to a downtown Bar Harbor bus depot and then out to various must-see sites like Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park. Company officials say they’re exploring other “green” technologies for future use such as hybrid electric buses.
PAUL MURPHY: We need to be able to purchase vehicles that will both serve our needs and get job done—but will be cost effective and clean.
JOHN DAVIS: Downeast Transportation’s new, Gold LEED certified headquarters includes a covered fueling station and an 18,000 gallon propane tank. Island Explorer works with a number of state and federal stakeholders—including the outdoor gear experts at L.L. Bean, all helping to make the Pine Tree State “greener” than ever.