Finances halt plans for more natural gas buses in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Budget issues for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority have halted the RTA’s plans to upgrade the Triskett bus garage in Cleveland to handle compressed natural gas buses. reports ( ) the garage was due for similar renovations after the RTA spent $11 million to equip the Hayden bus facility with improvements to convert to CNG-fueled buses.

But once work on the Hayden depot was completed, the RTA didn’t have enough in its coffers to upgrade the Triskett garage.

Frank Polivka, the RTA’s director of procurement, says the agency doesn’t have the infrastructure in place at Triskett that would allow them to continue to expand the utilization of CNG buses.

CEO Joe Calabrese says the RTA has always intended to have both clean diesel and CNG buses among its fleet.


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