Four new buses will roll into town this month |

Four new buses will roll into town this month

Staff Reports

Out with the old and in with the new.

Four new buses are on their way to South Lake Tahoe to replace the oldest ones in the city’s fleet of eight. One of the buses will be fueled by compressed natural gas.

“This will be the first CNG public transit bus in the basin,” said Ken Daley, general manager of Area Transit Management.

A compressed natural gas fueling station opened in South Lake Tahoe last month, which already is used for U.S. Postal Service and Avista Utilities vehicles. CNG is a cleaner-burning, environmentally sensitive fuel, officials say.

The buses being replaced are almost 10 years old, and the city last year received a $650,000 grant from the California Department of Transportation for the new ones.

Daley said the new buses likely would be in South Lake Tahoe within 10 days.

Area Transit Management is a private company that is contracted to operate a majority of the transit operations in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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