Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Buses - VIA Metropolitan Transit

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Buses


VIA’s CNG buses are red on the outside, and ‘green’ on the inside.

In 2020, VIA completed a conversion of its entire fleet of more than 500 buses to cleaner, “greener” buses fueled by Compress Natural Gas as part of a multi-year plan to significantly reduce vehicle emissions, decrease operating costs, and allow the agency to carry out planned service enhancements. VIA began replacing more than half of its existing fleet of aging buses that were between 12 and 15 years in old in 2017.

CPS Energy partnered with VIA in 2020 to provide Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) created by landfill biogas to fuel VIA’s CNG Bus fleet (Read More).

CNG Bus Facts

  • Reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 97 percent

  • Maximum capacity of 67 passengers

  • Measure 40 feet long by 102 inches wide

  • Manufactured by Nova Bus

  • Feature a technology suite including GPS locating

  • Full camera set for enhanced security

  • Annual fuel savings of $8.5 million

3 Reasons to Go Green with VIA

1. Public Transportation saves you money.

Did you know? A two-person household can save, on average, $9,823 a year by downsizing to one car.

Calculate your savings here. Ch-ching!  

2. Fewer cars means cleaner air.

Did you know? A single person can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year, by using public transit.

Use this handy carbon-saving calculator to see how it all adds up. 

3. Save time. Lots of time.

Did you know? Public transportation use for just one year in most major metro areas can save 865 million hours of travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel.


Read more about VIA’s CNG rollout

VIA Unveils CNG Buses

VIA introduced the first of its new CNG buses in the Spring of 2017. Half the fleet will be converted by the end of 2017, with the full fleet converted by 2020.