Roadrunner Shuttle Shows Growth with Grand Opening of New Facility Housing Propane Autogas Vehicles
New contract, new facility to hold alternative fuel shuttle vehicles designed to reduce emissions, fuel costs
CAMARILLO, Calif. (August 30, 2012) — Celebrating both a new contract and a state-of-the-art facility, Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Camarillo, Calif., to highlight shuttle vans and buses fueled by clean, economical and domestic propane autogas today. The event, entitled “Moving Forward with Sustainability in Ventura County,” offered a facility tour aboard propane autogas shuttles, which account for 20 percent of Roadrunner’s fleet, and two alternative fuel vehicles on display.
“Our business has grown with propane autogas,” said Charles Sandlin, operations manager for Roadrunner Shuttle. “The ROUSH CleanTech technology is reliable, the vehicles run exceptionally clean, and, most importantly, our reduced fuel and maintenance costs have allowed us to expand our services to customers.”
Recently awarded a contract by the Ventura County Transportation Commission to provide VISTA intercity bus service, Roadrunner will use the new facility for that operation and for storage of their propane autogas vehicle fleet.
“When we purchased our first four propane autogas shuttle vans over a year ago, we anticipated a positive return,” said Sandlin. “Since then we’ve added an additional 13 shuttle vans and two shuttle buses that are currently saving the company nearly $1,500 per vehicle per month.” Roadrunner shuttles passengers in ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-250 vans and 20-passenger Ford E-450 buses equipped with wheelchair-accessible slots.
For convenience and to further reduce fuel costs, Roadrunner Shuttle added a 2,000-gallon fueling facility near the new contract bus yard. The infrastructure for propane autogas is less expensive than any other alternative fuel, and with thousands of stations across the nation, propane autogas boasts the largest public refueling infrastructure of all alternative fuel options.
In addition to saving money, each shuttle van saves more than 37,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.Propane autogas is a low carbon fuel that reduces greenhouse gases by up to 25 percent, carbon monoxide by up to 60 percent, nitrogen oxide by 20 percent and virtually eliminates particulate matter when compared to conventional fuels. In addition, non-toxic propane does not harm soil or groundwater.
“At ROUSH CleanTech, we are dedicated to developing the most innovative and reliable alternative fuel products, while providing our customers the means to attain a cleaner emissions profile and a positive return on investment,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “We are excited about Roadrunner Shuttle’s continued growth by running clean and cost-efficient on propane autogas, and we look forward to growing a mutually beneficial relationship in the years to come.”
According to Sandlin, Roadrunner Shuttle plans to fuel 100 percent of its fleet on alternative energy in order to increase resourcefulness and reduce its carbon footprint.
About Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service: Roadrunner Shuttle has been providing quality ground transportation in Southern California 24 hours a day and 365 days a year since 1991. Roadrunner is focused on connecting all major airports throughout Southern California, with a fleet of over 100 vehicles and 200 drivers providing many ground transportation services that connects people to airports, schools, doctor appointments, employment, and many other locations in and outside of Southern California. Roadrunner Shuttle was named California Business of the year in 2010 for district 19. Visit www.rrshuttle.com for more information.
About ROUSH CleanTech: Based in Livonia, Mich., ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vans and trucks, and for the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision and Micro Bird G5 school bus. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty. Customers can lower operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions. Complete details on ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas offerings can be found online at ROUSHcleantech.comROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.
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