In an effort to improve air quality, increase efficiency and utilize the states’ abundant natural gas resources, the Texas Department of Transportation announced a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Pilot Program in which the agency will test alternative fuel vehicles to perform daily operations. Traditionally, natural gas vehicles cost about 40 percent less to refuel than gasoline vehicles, emit up to 90 percent fewer greenhouse gases, and in many cases, cost less to maintain, according to natural gas experts. The pilot program, which will begin with the purchase of four CNG Ford F250 trucks, is designed to help TxDOT leaders determine availability of natural gas vehicles and fuel stations, and whether operationally, a fleet powered by natural gas meets the agency’s needs.

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