Greater Grand Rapids bus riders can expect to see 33 new alternative fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles hitting the road this year. This includes 28 fixed-route vehicles and five DASH buses.
On Monday, July 24, The Rapid and Mobile GR are teaming up to unveil the largest fleet of compressed buses in Michigan. This upgrade reflects our system’s commitment to improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Greater Grand Rapids. CNG is a cleaner burning fuel source than diesel.
Over the five-year period, the transition to CNG buses will: Reduce The Rapid and Mobile GR greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1 million metric tons over the use of diesel; generate a total combined cost saving of $4.5 million because CNG costs nearly 60% less than diesel, and; ensure access to an American-made fuel source with an abundant 100-year supply, diminishing Greater Grand Rapids’ reliance on foreign oil.
Join The Rapid and Mobile GR at 6th Street Bridge Park on Monday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. to come check out brand new CNG vehicles. There will be free ice cream for all attendees, as well as an appearance from Griff of the Grand Rapids Griffins!
Speakers at this event include Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss; Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga; Grand Rapids City Commissioners Ruth E. Kelly and Joseph D. Jones; representatives from The Rapid and Mobile GR.
Plan your trip to 6th Street Bridge Park on DASH or The Rapid.