Fleet Name: Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
Domicile sites: Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Orem, Utah
Service area: The cities of Weber, Davis and Salt Lake, Utah, and parts of Box Elder and Tooele Counties in Utah
Fleet Purpose: Provide an integrated system of innovative, accessible, and efficient public transportation services that increase access to opportunities and contribute to a healthy environment for the people of the Wasatch region.
Alternative fuel or technology: Diesel-Electric Hybrid, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
When started: Hybrid buses were introduced into the fleet in 2010 and 2012 while CNG buses were introduced to the fleet in 2013. UTA’s CNG fueling facility was opened in 2015. UTA now has about 30 hybrids and almost 50 CNG buses, and those make up almost 15 percent of the total fleet.
Financials: Received grant monies through Utah Clean Cities to offset the costs of purchasing hybrid and CNG buses rather than diesel buses, which began the movement of UTA’s bus fleet towards alternative fuels. Current funding for alternative fuels vehicles is mostly through federal grants.
Leadership: UTA’s current leadership to continue bus fleet diversification is driven by Steve Meyer, Interim Executive Director as well as the Board of Trustees.
Vision: To continue bus fleet alternative fuels diversification to include the introduction of Battery Electric buses as well as Hybrid Articulated BRT (bus rapid transit) buses.