Fairbanks North Star Borough buses to run on compressed natural gas

February 15, 2019. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly in Alaska voted Thursday night to pass a resolution to convert the borough's transportation fleet over to compressed natural gas (CNG). The motivation to move the transit fleet to CNG is the air quality benefits provided by reducing emissions.

   In order to have the buses run on the natural gas, the borough also has to build a new facility that is CNG capable. In a press conference earlier this week, Mayor Bryce Ward said switching to compressed natural gas is a big policy change for the borough.

   "This really sets the course for the next decade or two with where we're going to go with transportation, and our busses, if we make the commitment to go to with CNG, then that's going to be our commitment for the future,” said Ward.

   The administration will now work on finding a location for the new facility, and aim to start construction in summer of 2020.