Cleveland Transit Agency Implements Ohio’s First Propane-fueled Paratransit Buses

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has purchased 20 propane autogas paratransit shuttle buses to provide clean and affordable transportation for individuals with disabilities. The first of its kind in Ohio, the new shuttles are projected to save $21,000 per vehicle in fuel costs and maintenance over a six-year period. The agency will recoup its investment in just over one year.

Built on a Ford E-450 chassis, each paratransit shuttle bus is equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system installed by Green Alternative Systems. Each bus will emit 125,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, when compared to conventionally fueled counterparts. The RTA has supported clean energy sources for more than 20 years, fueling with electricity, natural gas, hybrids, low-sulfur diesel and, now, propane autogas.

We learned of other transit agencies that were successful using propane autogas technology to save money and lower their environmental impact,” said Joe Calabrese, CEO and general manager of the Greater Cleveland RTA. “When you can save money while saving the planet, it’s a no-brainer.”