Clean Cities: Montgomery County, Maryland
Our success story this week takes us to Montgomery County, Maryland where their Rockville headquarters is also a depot for their CNG transit buses. Nearly 75% of their 400+ fleet uses the cleaner burning fuel, displacing nearly 1 million gallons of diesel per year. A Maryland clean air grant also helped build 16 level 2 electric charging stations, and buy more than a dozen plug in vehicles. The county reduced petroleum consumption by 7% in the last two years, with a goal of 30% over 5 years.
BILL GRIFFITHS: “We want to replace, eliminate where we can and we’re using all these fuels. We’re using CNG, we’re using electric, we’re using E85, we’re using biofuels-to help achieve that 20% reduction in our petroleum.”
JOHN DAVIS: The County has been using CNG buses for more than a decade and even shares their fueling station with 125 “contracted” CNG refuse trucks.
This year a new “public access” fast fill CNG station went online. All progressive efforts to make the county’s “green fleet” plan a maximum success.