An initial batch of second-generation buses that run on compressed natural gas underwent a final inspection Wednesday before joining the Metro’s clean-air fleet.
Metro CEO Art Leahy said the first generation CNG buses are being replaced by about 550 second generation CNG buses.
“It is safer. It’s more comfortable. It’s more attractive” he said. “It’s better for wheelchair patrons. It’s a beautiful bus.”
Metro officials signed a $308 million contract last year with New Flyer to buy 550 of the 40-foot buses, with an option to buy up to 900, Metro spokeswoman Anna Chen said.
The buses have better wheelchair accessibility and improved curb-side safety lighting, according to Metro.