Area buses go bio-diesel
We all know that taking the bus is far better on the environment than driving your car solo – but now riding RFTA and Ride Glenwood Springs has become even greener.As of November the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s entire fleet has been using a small percentage of a renewable, cleaner fuel called biodiesel. Ride Glenwood Springs is managed by RFTA and is also using the fuel.Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. There is national growing interest in biodiesel as a fuel that can make the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil and nonrenewable energy sources.”RFTA has adopted a policy of working toward cleaner, renewable fuels and a greener fleet, within the constraints of our tight budget. Four fuel efficient hybrid buses are scheduled to arrive sometime next summer, and we’re very supportive of using a renewable fuel produced from crops raised by American Farmers,” said Kenny Osier, RFTA’s director of maintenance.RFTA buses are using a B5 blend (5 percent biodiesel/95 percent diesel) during the demonstration project. Given the number of miles and vehicles RFTA uses, starting out at B5 is a very significant step resulting in 30,000 gallons less oil based diesel fuel being consumed.Biodiesel costs more than regular diesel, so the Community Office of Resource Efficiency and New Century Transportation Foundation joined together with RFTA to raise the funding needed to remove cost as a barrier to using the renewable fuel.So far the groups have raised enough funding for RFTA to use a B5 blend through late summer. Funding to date has been granted from Aspen Skiing Company employees, through the Environment Foundation; Pitkin County Renewable Energy Mitigation Program; the State of Colorado Public Health Department; and private individuals.”Supporting this biodiesel demonstration project is a great way for people who are concerned about the impacts of oil drilling or dependence on foreign oil. Here’s a chance to stop talking about the need for renewable forms of energy and put them to use right in our backyard,” according to Alice Laird, Director of New Century Transportation Foundation. “Our goal is to raise an additional $15,000 to continue the project through the end of 2005, and we’re seeking additional funders and partners for this demonstration project.”The impacts of reliance on fossil fuels are hitting home in our region with the increased oil and gas drilling on the Roan Plateau. The Roaring Fork Biodiesel project offers a way to tap renewable fuels to power our transportation system.To support the Roaring Fork Biodiesel Project go to http://www.newcenturytrans.org, call 704-9200, or contributions can be sent to NCTF, Box 428, Carbondale, CO 81623. All funding received for the Roaring Fork Biodiesel Project goes directly to purchasing biodiesel for the demonstration project.NCTF was created to advance clean, resource-efficient mobility choices in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond; CORE works to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy.Cathy Tuttle is with the New Century Transportation Foundation. For more information and to RSVP please contact the New Century Transportation Foundation at 704-9200 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Cathy Tuttle is with the New Century Transportation Foundation. For more information and to RSVP please contact the New Century Transportation Foundation at 704-9200 or e-mail email@example.com.
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