Tuesday, April 18, 2006

METRO to Roll Out Natural Gas Buses
Free Rides on May 1
METRO and Maine Clean Communities have announced that they will introduce new, compressed natural gas buses to the METRO fleet and officially open the first natural gas fueling station in Maine on Monday, May 1st To celebrate the event, METRO will offer free rides to all passengers on all routes throughout the day.

The Maine Congressional Delegation, city leaders from Portland, Westbrook and Falmouth and the general public are expected to attend the event, which will be held at the new fueling station outside the METRO bus garage, 114 Valley Street.

The buses feature air conditioning and have a capacity for forty passengers. The natural gas fueling station -- built to fuel the new buses using North American natural gas -- will also be used by the Portland School Department, and made available to fuel other vehicles that use natural gas.

The METRO, with bus ridership averaging 1.3 million annually, is Maine’s largest public transportation carrier, providing bus service to Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and the Maine Mall area.


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