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Metro receives AQMD’s Clean Air Award for achieving 100% clean-air bus fleet

Friday October 07, 2011

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today was recognized by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) with the Clean Air Award in the category of "Promotion of Good Environmental Stewardship."

The Clean Air Award went to Metro's for its achievement in being the first major transit agency with a fleet run entirely on alterative fuels.

"Metro showed outstanding clean air leadership this year in eliminating all of the diesel buses in their fleet," said William A. Burke, Ed.D. Chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. "Riders and residents alike will breathe easier now as a result of MTA's fleet of more than 2,200 clean-burning CNG-powered buses."

"Metro's Board of Directors have shown leadership by pursuing alternative-fuel vehicles , years ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)and California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations, "said Metro CEO Art Leahy. "Having made this transition to alternative fuel vehicles over the past 20 years, our bus fleet is now among the very cleanest in the world"."

Earlier this year Metro reached two major milestones -retiring its last diesel bus and surpassing over 1 billion miles running on clean air fuels.

CNG (compressed Natural Gas) buses are cost-effective in both improving air quality and lowering operational cost when compared to diesel fuels. Metro operates the largest CNG fleet in the country.

In addition to Metro's accomplishment in CNG technology, the agency is a leader in adopting environmentally sustainable practices and polices. Metro also provides funding for car pool lanes, bike lanes, and vanpool programs as alternatives to the solo car commute.

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