Virginia Clean Cities presented Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) with the 2018 Public Green Fleet of the Year Award at a recently held ceremony. GRTC has the largest CNG transit fleet in the Commonwealth with about 75 percent of its total fleet operating on alternative fuel. These cleaner, quieter buses have replaced retiring diesel-fueled buses. GRTC also has one of the youngest transit fleets in the country with an average vehicle age of just 4.5 years.
“We are proud to contribute to clean alternative fuel programs in Virginia with our growing green fleet,” said GRTC CEO David Green. “Because of state-matching dollars and the support of our Board of Directors, GRTC continues to near our ambitious goal of being completely CNG by 2024.”
The GRTC fleet currently operates more than 135 CNG vehicles, and several light duty E85 and electric vehicles. In 2017, GRTC saved nearly 465,000 gallons of petroleum and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 412 tons. New CNG buses began arriving this Spring at GRTC as part of an order of 23 new alternative fuel vehicles.
This is the second time GRTC has been recognized for its growing green fleet, previously winning the Governor’s Green Fleet of the Year Award in 2015.