Thanks to some cleaner buses that are about to hit the streets of Austin we can all breathe a little easier. Capital Metro is putting the finishing touches on eight new clean diesel buses that meet the new 2010 standards by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The new buses give off 0.2 gram per brake horsepower hour (g/bhp-hr) of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 0.01 g/bhp-hr of particulate matter (PM). So what does that mean? Well, it means these buses are 25 times cleaner than buses from 20 years ago and 10 times cleaner from just last year!
The new 35-ft buses are manufactured by New Flyer and have Cummins ISL engines. They can hold 28 seated passengers and 2 wheelchairs. Each bus is equipped with security cameras.
The new buses will be replacing buses that are 13 years old. Next year, we’re looking at replacing around 25 more buses.