Pitt Shuttles Switch to Propane, Reducing Carbon Emissions

Starting in July 2020, Pitt’s new shuttles are a state-of-the-art fleet of 20 propane-powered shuttle buses, which help us reach towards carbon reduction goals and improve local air quality.

Starting July 1, 2020, Pitt’s new shuttles are a state-of-the-art fleet of 20 propane-powered shuttle buses!  Along with new amenities like passenger-counting technology and WiFi, the shuttles will contribute to a 33% reduction in carbon emissions from Pitt’s shuttle operations (previously a mix of gasoline and 5% biodiesel vehicles).

Operated by Pittsburgh Transportation Group, the shift to propane-powered shuttle vehicles will help Pitt move toward its carbon neutrality goals.  Campus shuttle vehicles are projected to ​operate for over 4,350 hours annually, supporting over 2 million rides ​per year.  The new shuttles will reduce shuttle-related carbon dioxide emissions by 33%, (the equivalent of emissions from 44 passenger vehicles).  Localized nitrogen oxide emissions will also decrease by approximately 20% due to the fuel switch.

As the University remains responsive to coronavirus, all shuttle drivers and riders must have face coverings and seating capacity has been reduced for physical distancing.  Additional shuttle vehicles have been added on key routes at peak times to offset distancing requirements.  Read more about shuttle Covid-19 safety protocols.

Campus shuttles operate on routes to Pitt’s upper campus, North Oakland, South Oakland, the Biotech Center, and Bridgeside Point. For 2020-21, a shuttle stop has been added at the Residence Inn at Bigelow, which is among the hotels being used for student housing.  Route details can be found on Pitt’s transportation page and real-time tracking is available on the Pitt shuttle tracker (which will be updated soon with shuttle locations and real-time seating capacity to inform riders whether seats are available as the shuttle approaches).

If you want to learn more about Pitt’s shared and active mobility choices, read this Pitt Transportation 101!

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