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Alternative Energy Source Fuels Development at IAH

Natural gas refueling station is scheduled for construction

Houston Airport System
August 1, 2010

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Natural gas shuttle buses will be in addition to the dozens of hybrid vehicles already in operation.

The Houston Airport System (HAS) will soon be taking a major step forward in utilizing vehicles that run on alternative fuel sources, as an entire fleet of natural gas shuttle buses are brought into the operation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Thirty buses will soon be arriving to the Parking Cents economy lot, each of them operating on clean natural gas.

And in order to keep those buses operational, Houston Mayor Annise Parker has recently given the green light to the construction of a natural gas refueling station.

The shuttle buses are used on a daily basis to ferry customers back and forth between the airports official value lot and the five terminal facilities located at IAH.

The refueling station will be built by the Apache Corporation, a Houston-based energy company that explores for, develops and produces natural gas.

The environmental advantages of using natural gas rather than gasoline to fuel vehicles have been well-documented.

Natural gas fuel produces approximately 25 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than diesel fuel, when compared using heavy-duty vehicles.

Once constructed, the refueling station will be operated by New South Parking, the same company which oversees day-to-day operations at the Parking Cents economy lot.

“This is part of a national trend that we’re starting to see develop,” says Walt Gray, general manager at New South Parking. “Natural gas is an inexpensive, cleaner fuel source, that’s readily available here in the United States, and I’m just thrilled to see the city of Houston play such a leading role in this type of green initiative.”

The conversion of the shuttle buses is the latest in a series of environmentally conscious steps taken by the Houston Airport System over the past several years.

Since 2005, the Houston Airport System has brought into its fleet almost 40 hybrid vehicles and two electric cars.

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