May 5, 2021. Nine new Gillig compressed natural gas (CNG) buses will be joining the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) fleet, EMTA officials announced.

CNG buses release less emissions, which will reduce EMTA’s carbon footprint, according to EMTA CEO Jeremy Peterson.

Eight more fixed-route Gillig CNG buses are proposed for purchase in 2021. Gillig is a privately owned American designer and manufacturer of transit buses.

Additionally, EMTA’s LIFT program is in the process of purchasing 15 new paratransit vehicles that will be added to their fleet this year.

The purchases are being made possible by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration.

EMTA will make a formal announcement regarding the new buses on May 11.