Alliance AutoGas customer Davidson County Transportation System was awarded for their sustainability efforts at BusCon, the largest bus show in North America, which took place September 23rd – 25th at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. With more than 60 buses on the show floor, buses on display included public transit and paratransit, private companies and university transit systems.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a national organization providing leading propane safety and training programs in addition to propane-powered technologies, presented the ninth-annual Propane Autogas Fleet Award at the show. Past winners of the awards include Alliance AutoGas customers Spartanburg Regional Healthcare in 2018, and NET Trans in 2017. Representatives from Davidson County and Alliance AutoGas, a national network of propane suppliers, service centers, and equipment providers that support autogas fleets throughout North America, were present at the ceremony. Due to its many benefits such as reduced emissions and less cost per gallon, autogas, the term for propane when used to fuel an on-road vehicle, is the most widely used alternative fuel in world, with over 23 million drivers on the road globally.
Richard Jones, the Transportation Director for Davidson County Transportation System in Lexington, NC, accepted the award on behalf of Davidson County. Jones joined the transportation system in 2016 and was appointed director of the program earlier this year. Davidson County Transportation System has four routes serving Lexington, Thomasville, and Davidson County Community College. They have been touting the benefits of autogas since their relationship with Alliance AutoGas began in 2012. The county currently has seven Ford F450 Cutaway Buses in their fleet operating on autogas. When discussing the award, Jones said “It’s very exciting to be awarded by PERC. Davidson County has made great strides over the past few years in making resources available for the autogas program. We consider our county to be a leader in best practices for the fleet community, and I am grateful for the resources Alliance AutoGas have provided us. I look forward to helping Davidson County expand the autogas program in the future.”
The county has used over 51,000 gallons of autogas to date, which according to EPA calculations is the equivalent of displacing 985 short tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or planting 14,775 trees that grow for ten years. Happy Fox, Alternative Fuel Consultant for Alliance AutoGas, says “The BusCon show is an important event for Alliance AutoGas, as we continue to spread awareness to the benefits of running propane autogas buses and other fleet vehicles. It’s very rewarding to see Mr. Jones and Davidson County be recognized for their efforts in building a sustainable fleet program with us. Alliance AutoGas looks forward to helping more fleets make the transition to operating on autogas.”