Birmingham MAX buses to run on compressed natural gas

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) —  For the first time in more than a decade, Birmingham’s public transit fleet is being upgraded.

Several buses will now run on compressed natural gas.

It’s a fuel that’s supposed to run cleaner and more efficiently than standard diesel.

Perhaps even better, though, is the cost to fill up each bus. The new fuel costs $3 less to fill up a bus than normal diesel.

The new buses are fitted with security cameras and can hold 40 passengers.

Drivers will get a chance to see four of the new buses on the streets beginning Thursday.

Another seven will be added to the fleet by the end of September.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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