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Aug 27, 2013

 

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Paul Driscoll
Planning, Prevention and Assistance
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University of Montana Purchases Clean Diesel Transit Bus

 

Helena -- The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) has purchased a new transit bus that meets the EPA’s current emissions requirements, UM President Royce Engstrom and ASUM President Asa Hohman announced yesterday. The bus was purchased with the assistance of the Montana Clean Diesel Program. A dedication ceremony is planned for 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 3 at the bus stop west of Prescott House on the UM campus.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded a grant of $145,000 to UM toward the purchase of the new clean diesel transit bus, estimated to cost $384,000. The university has pledged the approximately $239,000 difference.

Brian Spangler, Director of DEQ’s Energy Planning and Renewables program, said that the DEQ grant was awarded because the replacement of a single ASUM school transit bus provides greater health benefits, savings, higher ridership, and a greater reduction of pollutants and diesel gallon-equivalents than other transit opportunities in Montana. The ASUM transit system also operates in a non-attainment area for particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide maintenance and is therefore prone to poor air quality, he added.

The purchase follows a clean diesel transit bus purchased by ASUM Transportation in 2012. A second bus is planned for delivery in early fall 2014.

The EPA authorizes Clean Diesel grants through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2005 and 2012. The Montana DEQ Energy Planning and Renewables section administers the grants according to EPA guidelines, selection criteria, and funding formulas. For more information about the program, visit the DEQ website at www.deq.mt.gov.

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