Source: Laketran, Mass Transit
Laketran may be bringing a fresh new energy to public transportation in Lake County. Advances in the technology of battery-powered electric buses, and its operating and maintenance costs compared to diesel fuel, is making electric buses a more attractive option to power Laketran’s 16 heavy-duty, low-floor buses that serve the local in-county fixed routes, Routes 1-6. Laketran has spent time evaluating options between gasoline, diesel fuel, propane and compressed natural gas.
While Laketran’s first order of propane-fueled Dial-a-Ride buses will be arriving this spring, there is not a propane engine powerful enough to operate the 35-foot transit buses.