Edmond stops converting buses to CNG

Edmond has three public transportation buses that run on compressed natural gas. Plans to convert the others have stopped because of problems in getting CNG fuel in Edmond and problems with the mechanical systems.
by Diana Baldwin Published: June 15, 2012
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The city's plan to convert Edmond's public transportation buses to compressed natural gas has been halted.

Shannon Entz, community development manager, said there is limited access to compressed natural gas in Edmond, and the single CNG pump station breaks down at times.

Other problems with the mechanical systems also led to the decision to convert the other buses to run on both liquefied propane gas and unleaded fuel.

“This option offers less expensive conversion costs, comparable fuel cost, less mechanical problems, as well as dual-fueling capabilities which allows us to purchase unleaded fuel, as necessary,” Entz said.

Two buses were purchased already equipped with CNG fuel capabilities. A third bus was converted to run on CNG fuel. Those buses will continue to operate on CNG, Entz said.

Edmond received $250,000 in federal stimulus money to convert the six Citylink buses to CNG. So far, almost $117,200 has been spent on five conversion kits.

City officials received permission Thursday to auction off the conversion kits through Edmond's purchasing department. The money will be credited back to the project.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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