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The Rapid picks up propane buses

April 21, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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The Rapid picks up propane buses
The Rapid uses some propane-fueled buses for its GO!Bus door-to-door service for seniors and people with disabilities. Courtesy The Rapid

The Rapid is growing greener.

The Rapid said today that it has introduced four new vehicles into its GO!Bus service, a paratransit door-to-door service for seniors and people with disabilities.

The vehicles are fueled by clean burning, domestically produced propane.

The Rapid said the vehicles will help reduce fuel and maintenance costs, while providing a “cleaner, greener way to serve customers.”

“We know propane works in our climate, and the vehicles have a very similar engine, so the maintenance program is the same,” said Peter Varga, CEO, The Rapid.

Varga added that the propane buses are “another step” in the public transit agency’s sustainability program.

Bus details

Through a contract, the buses will be operated and maintained by MV Transportation.

The cutaway-type buses will feature a propane logo and a green roof line, similar to The Rapid’s hybrid-electric, 40-foot fixed-route buses.

A propane fueling station will be at the GO!Bus facility as part of the buses’ daily maintenance.

ROUSH CleanTech in Livonia provided the propane autogas fuel system for the vehicles.

By choosing the alternative fuel, The Rapid is “providing clean transportation to its customers and saving taxpayer dollars,” said Todd Mouw, VP of sales and marketing, ROUSH CleanTech.

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