Miami-Dade aims for another fleet of CNG buses
 

December 13, 2018. A second series of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses could arrive in Miami-Dade by September to replace its aging Metrobus fleet, adding to 300 buses already ordered.

County commissioners Dec. 4 amended an item directing Mayor Carlos Giménez to issue a purchase order for buses through a Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority contract to allow the county to shop for better price and quality options from contracts nationwide.

Miami-Dade currently gets roughly five new CNG buses per week from New Flyer of America, Transportation Director Alice Bravo said.

If the county were to contract with multiple manufacturers, Giménez said, it could replace its outdated diesel-fueled fleet much faster. “Instead of 20 buses a month, we can get 40 buses a month and get those old buses off the street,” he said. And no matter where the buses come from, he said, county technicians would be able to service them because their inner workings are essentially the same. “They’re all Cummins engines,” he said. “We end up with the same transmission.”