Orlando, Florida Makes a Good Thing (Public Transportation) Even Better (With Biodiesel)

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I’ll be honest. When I think of Orlando, Florida I don’t exactly have pleasant thoughts flooding into my head. Apologies to any Orlando residents reading this, but based on the time I’ve spent there, the city’s charms are entirely lost on me. So, when I heard about this next bit of news, I did a double take. Orlando? Yes, Orlando.

Orlando-Area Public Busses to be Converted to Biodiesel
Announced yesterday, LYNX Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority will become the first transit district in the United States to build its own biodiesel blending facility. All of the LYNX’s 290 busses, serving Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, will be converted to run on B-20 fuel (20% biodiesel, 80% petro diesel). A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility will be held in October 2008, with construction and bus conversions completed by July 2009.
LYNX says that the project will save the transit district 1.2 million gallons of fuel annually, as well as lowering its carbon emissions by 26 million pounds per year.

No details have been announced on what feedstock will be used to make the biodiesel or who the supplier will be.

via :: ENS and :: LYNX News