So far, 2013 is coming up pretty environmentally friendly in the world of Dallas Area Rapid Transit. A new fleet of natural gas-powered buses took to the streets on January 28, and paperless ticketing is on the docket for the spring.
In addition to significantly cutting down on harmful emissions, the 459 new buses should cut DART's annual fuel costs by more than 60 percent by 2016. The new buses will replace liquefied natural gas and clean diesel buses.
Buses in the fleet range from 30 to 40 feet long and feature a new floor design, larger windows, a wider aisle and interior cameras. There are also LED signs displaying rider alerts, the next stop and other passenger information.
North American Bus Industries is providing the eco-conscious vehicles for a cool $210 million. The buses are the latest phase of DART's clean transit fuels program.