Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - August 15, 2019
National parks roll with buses to cut emissions
Acadia National Park's Island Explorer bus system is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer with the integration of 21 new propane-powered buses into the fleet. Acadia National Park joins Zion National Park and Denali National Park & Preserve, which are now offering a cleaner, healthier, quieter and more environmentally-friendly way to see and experience national parks thanks to the propane autogas-fueled fleet.
"Acadia National Park continues to lead the way with its commitment to clean air and a better and healthier environment using propane-fueled buses. These propane buses enhance the park experience for everyone because they are cleaner, quieter, and efficient," said Tucker Perkins, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council. "Propane is an important part of the emerging clean energy economy and it is an important part of America's clean energy mix. I want to commend Acadia National Park for its innovative leadership and good stewardship of its economic and environmental resources by increasing propane buses in the park."
The Island Explorer is a fare-free transportation system linking hotels, campgrounds, and inns with destinations in Acadia National Park in Maine and area villages. Since 1999, the bus system has carried more than 7.7 million passengers, reduced private automobile traffic by more than 2.9 million vehicles, and prevented the emission of an estimated 41 tons of smog-causing pollutants and 27,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
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