Fleet Name: SporTran
Vehicles: 5 Proterra Electric Buses and 36 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Buses
Domicile Site: Shreveport, Louisiana
Fleet Purpose: Fixed route paratransit service
Alternative Fuel or Technology: Electric and CNG
When Started: SporTran has been operating a transit service since the 1870’s and began switching to alternative fuel vehicles in 2010, replacing their last diesel bus in 2017 with the purchase of 5 Proterra buses.
Leadership: SporTran’s President and CEO, Dinero Washington, has been an incredible leader with SporTran, but also as President of Louisiana’s Public Transportation Association.
Vision: SporTran’s mission is to provide safe, reliable, and sustainable transportation for Shreveport and Bossier, Louisiana. An integral part of this mission is their switch to alternative fuels in their fleet, which has resulted in less vehicle downtime, fuel and maintenance cost saves, and cleaner air for the citizens that SporTran serves. SporTran was the first fleet in Louisiana to operate a 100% alternative fuel fleet, and the first transportation fleet in the state to operate electric buses. The purchase of their 5 Proterra buses is projected to save the fleet $2.2 million in fuel and maintenance costs over their 12-year lifetime, and SporTran expects to purchase more Proterra buses as they replace older vehicles. In 2017 alone, SporTran’s dedication to alternative fuel vehicles has offset the production of over 500,000 gasoline-gallon equivalents of petroleum and over 1,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.