GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A new look isn’t the only ‘fresh’ commodity Grand Valley Transit’s new buses have to offer.
The buses will run on ‘CNG’, or Compressed Natural Gas, generated by the Persigo Water Treatment plant here in Grand Junction.
KREX had the opportunity to tour the water treatment plant with bus agencies from around the state, to better understand just how this process works,
“With the new processes and the ways to clean up the gas; now we can clean that gas and make vehicle fuel out of it and benefit the environment; making more fuel for the vehicles for the city of Grand Junction and Grand Valley Transit buses,” says Persigo Water Treatment’s Jay Vancil.
Persigo Water Treatment tells us historically gas is flared-off or wasted, which is harmful for the environment. Now with new technology, fossil fuels can be eliminated and clean energy can be produced.
You can find GVT’s new transit option on the streets in the upcoming months,
“However this fuel is doing much more than just powering our buses, it’s setting us up for a cleaner future,” says KREX5’s Reilly Spence.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 60% of public transit buses run on lower-emissions options now,
“Throughout the United States public transit has been asked to go to more cleaner sources of fuel,” explains Mesa County Transportation’s Sarah Brooks.
The goal? To lower human-induced greenhouse gases that produce fossil fuels,
“The waste water treatment process is to protect the environment and protect the people,” continues Vancil.
However, the waste water treatment process is not the only option buses are using, ‘NewFlyer’ has created a zero-emissions bus powered by hydrogen fuel that you can see on Colorado roads in the near future.
Regardless of which clean energy option they choose, bus agencies across the state are choosing a route that will benefit the environment with Grand Junction doing its part.