Woodlands considers switch to natural gas for its commuter buses

By Bridget Balch, Houston Chronicle.

Woodlands, Texas - The Woodlands may opt to make its new commuter buses more environmentally friendly by outfitting them to be powered by Compressed Natural Gas - a cleaner fossil fuel alternative to gasoline - if the switch proves feasible.

Last year, The Woodlands Township received $14 million in Federal Transit Administration grant money through the Houston-Galveston Area Council and matched $3 million to purchase 25 new commuter buses for the park and ride service, allowing the township to bypass leasing the use of the vehicles from a third party operator.

In an effort to make those buses easier on the environment and as a potential cost-saving option, the township's transportation committee decided to explore the option of retrofitting the buses to make them compatible with CNG.