Clean Cities: Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins, Colorado is leading the way in alternative fuel use and public transit efficiency.
Thirty-percent of the city’s nearly two-thousand vehicle fleet is powered by alternative fuels including compressed natural gas, propane, B-20, E-85, along with hybrid, and electric vehicles.All 37 public transit buses are either powered by compressed natural gas or biodiesel, and by 2014, the entire fleet will run on CNG. 70-percent of the fuel used by city vehicles doesn’t come from petroleum, leading to an 800 ton reduction in municipal C-O-2 emissions.
The city’s ambitious Mason Corridor redevelopment project is being built around MAX, a bus rapid transit system where 60 foot CNG articulated buses travel dedicated pathways with intersection priority. Arriving in 2014, Max will greatly reduce downtown traffic congestion.
DARIN ATTEBERRY: We believe that the stuff that happens here can be transferred to other cities across the country… I think it’s exactly what our community expects of its local government.
JOHN DAVIS: From alternative fuels to alternative transportation, Fort Collins is setting a cleaner example for cities everywhere.