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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

RFTA diversifies with natural gas

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Courtesy of RFTA

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) has six new buses running on natural gas, and local commuters could continue to see more environmentally-friendly options on the roads.

About 30 percent of RFTA buses run on natural gas, which CEO Dan Blankenship said helps to diversify fuel sources and cut diesel emissions. He said RFTA does recognize the environmental impacts of natural gas drilling and extraction. In 2017, the bus agency will explore using renewable natural gas, which is produced from biogas, the by-product of decomposition.

RFTA is also looking into developing technology, like electric buses with longer lasting batteries and maybe even eventually autonomous vehicles.

 

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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