Hillsborough buses to convert to compressed natural gas

12/23/13 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: HART, compressed natural gas, Transportation, transit, Philip Hale

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority says it will become the first public transportation group in Florida to convert from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas. HART is installing a fueling station at an existing operations facility near Ybor.

Philip Hale, CEO of HART, expects the first compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles to hit the roads this spring with 28 new vans on order for the roll out. From there, the transit agency will replace retiring vehicles with ones that use CNG.

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