Cleaner, cheaper bus power
Congratulations to Grand Valley Transit, which will soon put into service its first two buses that are fueled by compressed natural gas. It could have eight more operating before long, if a Mesa County grant application is approved.
Natural gas offers a number of advantages over conventional diesel-fueled buses. For one thing, it is much cheaper now — less than half the price per gallon equivalent.
And CNG is cleaner than diesel fuel. It emits fewer greenhouse gases and none of the black smoke that is typical of diesels.
CNG also makes use of an energy source that is readily available in our region, not one for which we depend on substantial foreign imports. It boosts the local economy, not those of other countries.
As with the city of Grand Junction’s gradual conversion of its trash-truck fleet to CNG, Grand Valley Transit is on the right road with the planned conversion of its bus fleet.