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Sep 2, 2013 4:18 PM by Juice Godfrey

RTD goes with diesel for replacement buses

DENVER (AP) - Regional Transportation District officials say clean-diesel buses are a less expensive option to update an aging fleet instead of buses that run on compressed natural gas.

The Denver Post reports Sunday that the RTD Board of Directors decided last week to go with diesel to replace 52 buses. RTD officials say $34.6 million was budgeted for replacement buses, and CNG buses and the facilities they require would cost more than that.

Officials say they were also concerned about how CNG buses would perform in cold weather and high altitude.

Colorado is among 22 states that have pledged to add more CNG vehicles to their fleets.

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