SUSTAINABILITY

TransNet continues to make strides to reduce the carbon footprint all throughout Montgomery County and surrounding areas to help the environment.

Propane Vehicles...TransNet's Alternative Fuel Choice

TransNet, along with Bux-Mont Transportation, Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT), Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), ROUSH CleanTech, and Sharp Energy combined efforts to develop a video illustrating the process and importance of selecting and implementing propane as a viable and cost-effective alternative fuel option for our vehicles including on-site fueling infrastructure.


Since 2019, TransNet has run propane paratransit shuttles as part of the fleet, currently totaling 34. These vehicles contribute to providing nearly a million

View Video Above: TransNet, along with Bux-Mont Transportation, Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT), Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), ROUSH CleanTech, and Sharp Energy combine efforts to develop the video. 

trips annually during times of normal service demand, and accommodating the transportation needs of more than 8,000 consumers in our local communities. 

Propane is naturally lower in nitrogen oxides, which are federally regulated due to their negative impact on human health and the environment. They also produce fewer greenhouse gases and smog-producing hydrocarbons. Our propane shuttles are 75% cleaner than the strictest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) federal emissions standard.
 

According to Ryan Zic, Vice President of Sales for ROUSH CleanTech, "These vehicles that you see are subject to a pretty arduous task. It's called Altoona Testing and it's done at Penn State or in conjunction with Penn State and it puts them through a replicated duty cycle of a lifetime of a bus in this application. It ensures that the vehicle's built properly, soundly, it's reliable so that when it gets thrown into service all the systems including the fuel system operate properly."

 

The selection of propane as an alternative fuel has enhanced TransNet’s sustainability initiatives, and allows us to continue to be both fiscally and environmentally responsible in the services we provide to our consumers and communities.

Alternative Fuel Leadership Award

TransNet received the "Alternative Fuel Leadership Award" presented by Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT). The award states that TransNet has "...consistently taken risks on new technologies and remain(s) committed to finding new ways to deploy and introduce AFV technologies." These initiatives were possible with the support and assistance from TransNet's partners (Bux-Mont Transportation, Easton Coach Company, Main Line Transit, Tri County Transit, and Valley Transit), EP-ACT, ROUSH CleanTech, and Sharp Energy. Click on the video to view the presentation. 

View Video Above: Tony Bandiero, Executive Director, EP-ACT, presents Alternative Fuel Leadership Award to Maria Church, Risk Management Director, TransNet.

Propane Grant

In our continued commitment to optimize sustainability, TransNet applied for and received a grant to include additional vehicles to our fleet.  This grant allowed us to purchase 14 new propane vehicles and retrofit 7 existing vehicles in our fleet. Studies have shown the overall performance of propane vehicles is better for the environment because the engines burn cleaner, making it unnecessary to change the oil as frequently, using less fossil fuel. TransNet continues to strive to do their part in reducing the carbon footprint in order to protect our environment.

Driver Refueling Propane Vehicle at TransNet's Partner, Bux-Mont Transportation's, Fueling Station On-site

Refueling at On-Site Propane Fueling Station

On-Site Propane Fueling Station

TransNet Interviewed by PTMA on WNPV 1440 AM

TransNet Staff Presented with the Air Quality Partnership Excellence Award by DVRPC and The Partnership TMA representatives

Air Quality Partnership Excellence Award

TransNet received the Air Quality Partnership Excellence Award in Spring 2017 from Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) for big steps taken to improve air quality. " TransNet reduces emissions from single occupancy vehicles while providing mobility alternatives for local residents through an array of ride options", states DVRPC.  

"As warmer weather approaches, so does the onset of ground-level ozone. High levels of ozone pose health risks for everyone, and large segments of the population are considered especially sensitive to air pollution. Fortunately, ozone levels are being monitored and the public can be alerted when levels become unhealthy. The Air Quality Partnership (AQP), a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, educates residents about the dangerous effects of ground-level ozone and provides air quality forecasts to the public.

To celebrate local initiatives and best practices to reduce air pollution, five organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region received 2017 Air Quality Partnership Excellence Awards. Each year, public and private institutions are honored for their efforts to improve air quality." (DVRPC)

Sustainability/TDM Awards

TransNet has received the Sustainability/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) award from Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA) since 2012 including one bronze level award and five platinum level awards. We also received the 2014 Sustainable Platinum Award from State Representative Kate Harper on behalf of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, “in recognition of employers that are making investments in programs that help their employees get to work.” These awards were presented to TransNet for our continuous efforts and accomplishments in providing and promoting commuting alternatives for employees and the community. TransNet continues to invest in alternative fuel vehicles as part of our fleet, participate in Earth Day, partner with corporate centers to provide shuttles for employees, provide shuttles for colleges and schools and provide Shared Ride and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) riders with transportation throughout Montgomery County and surrounding areas.

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TransNet Presented with the Sustainability Award

TransNet and Local Area Organizations Presented with the Sustainability Award