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January 24, 2017   |   Cleveland Plain Dealer


RTA's funding woes hamper conversion to natural gas buses

Budget shortfalls have held up plans for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to prepare the Triskett bus garage to handle compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.

"We're financially constrained," said Frank Polivka, RTA's director of procurement.

That's why the RTA voted Tuesday to purchase 29 clean diesel coaches and parts for $12.7 million. Initially, the transit agency had planned to purchase 27 CNG buses, but changed the order because of the lack of CNG fueling stations available.

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