A Breath of Fresh Air, METRO to Unveil its Next Generation of Buses

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Release Date: Jan. 25, 2016

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on a New Bus Network,METRORail's expanded system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). METRO’s services also include: STAR VanpoolMETROLiftHOV/HOT lanesBike & Ride program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at ridemetro.org where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, and METRO's Next Bus Arrival texting.  


METRO's Next Generation of Buses Offers a Greener Way to Ride

METRO is making history for the Houston region as it unveils its newest generation of buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG.) The 50 new CNG buses join METRO’s fleet of 1220 buses which include clean diesel and hybrid vehicles. The agency is also celebrating the grand opening of one of the largest CNG refueling stations in Texas.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Jan. 26, 2016, at 2 p.m. Members of the media may tour buses and the refueling facility and there will be opportunities to speak with METRO leaders, Freedom CNG representatives and elected officials.

The event will highlight the partnership between METRO and Freedom CNG, a Texas-based alternative fuel provider, to promote clean air initiatives. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, CNG-fueled vehicles produce 20 percent less carbon dioxide and 70 percent less carbon monoxide than their diesel-fuel counterparts.

WHO: Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Freedom CNG, METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia, METRO Board members, President & CEO Tom Lambert, elected officials and representatives

WHAT: Unveiling of METRO's new CNG buses and Freedom CNG's newest refueling station

WHEN: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

WHERE: Pinto Business Park - 303 Fallbrook Dr., Houston, TX 77038