What UTA Is Doing to Help Keep Utah’s Air Clean

Good Morning Utah

UTA is helping keep Utah’s air clean. UTA President and CEO Jerry Benson joined GMU to talk about exactly what is being done.

The organization encourages people to ride buses and trains. Their studies have found that a full bus is like taking dozens of cars off the road.  The reduction in emissions is even better for trains because they can carry more people. 

“For instance, according to the DAQ, the per-mile emissions from a FrontRunner train is equivalent to 47 commuting cars, each traveling one mile,” Jerry Explained. 
 
In 2015 UTA averaged 95 riders per FrontRunner mile, meaning each passenger mile on FrontRunner is equivalent to removing 48 commuting cars from Utah roadways.
 
“Another thing we are doing, and we have been doing it for years, is to reduce the emissions from our own fleet of vehicles,” he explained, ” In 2007, UTA set a goal to reduce its Particulate Matter (PM) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by 70 percent by the year 2015. That goal was met, and UTA continues to seek ways to improve emission rates. Today over 62 percent of UTA’s transit bus fleet are clean diesel buses, clean diesel electric hybrids, and compressed natural gas buses or CNG.”
 
UTA expects to add 59 new clean diesel busses this year and early next year. In the spring, they will begin testing of their first all electric buses. 
 
Learn more online at https://www.rideuta.com/

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