New Autogas bus fleet deployed in San Diego, California


In line with the city Climate Action Plan and to reduce air pollution, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced the first of 77 buses powered by LPG have arrived at its Copley Park facility. These are the first Autogas buses in San Diego’s transit fleet and are estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million pounds per year.

“MTS has made great strides to reduce its carbon footprint in San Diego over the past decade. Propane-powered buses are the latest example,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski. “Over the life cycle of all 77 propane buses purchased, the San Diego region will experience a reduction of more than 13 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.”

MTS operates a fleet of 37 minibuses and 173 paratransit buses, primarily for its complementary ADA paratransit operations and some low-capacity fixed routes. To upgrade the existing fleet, MTS purchased 31 LPG minibuses and 46 LPG paratransit buses which are scheduled for delivery at various times within the next 10 months. The new paratransit buses are 2016 Starcraft Allstars on Ford E-450 chassis. The minibuses are 2016 El Dorado National-Aero Elite 320 on Ford F-550 chassis.

By converting 77 buses to propane, MTS will realise a total cost savings of nearly $5.8 million during the 5-7-year operational lifecycle of the vehicles.

The City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan calls for annual emissions to be cut in half during the next two decades. California’s emissions reduction goals include a 40% reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. MTS has been aggressively helping San Diego and California reach these goals in many ways, including phasing out all diesel buses from the fleet.