Here are some of the things being done to reduce air pollution:
- The District has 75 Compressed Natural Gas buses, which emit 40 to 86% less particulate matter into the air compared to diesel buses. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, just one CNG bus can displace 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel per year. That amounts to 105,000 gallons less diesel fuel used per year in JSD.
- A No Idling Policy reduces the time each bus is running by 24 minutes per bus per day. This also reduces pollution and saves on fuel costs.
- The State Division of Air Quality just awarded JSD a $500,000 grant to help pay for 10 new CNG buses.
- A Total of $2 Million in State, Federal and Local Grants have supported expansion of the CNG bus program in the District over the past five years.
CNG buses not only help reduce air pollution, they save taxpayers money. The fuel savings are huge. After a .50 cent federal rebate on every gallon of natural gas used in our CNG buses, there are times we pay nothing to fuel a CNG bus. That’s because compressed natural gas is just .50 cents to $1.00 a gallon.
Please join us in doing everything possible to reduce air pollution.