Natural-gas fueled public buses are headed to Westmoreland County as the transit authority converts its aging, diesel-powered fleet. “This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to proceed with something more environmentally friendly,” said Frank Tosto, chairman of the authority board. Installation of a compressed natural gas fuel depot at the authority’s Hempfield service and maintenance center is slated to be completed in June. That project, financed by PennDOT, is part of a statewide effort to build 29 natural gas public transportation fueling stations throughout Pennsylvania. Authority Executive Director Alan Blahovec said more than half of the agency’s fleet of 41 buses are due for replacement this year.
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