Eco buses are now circulating around the Georgia College and State University Campus. The school added three new “green” buses to its fleet in December. The shuttles have new technology that drastically reduces the emissions that are put in the air.
GCSU bus driver, Adam Stoutenburg, says the new buses uses 1/8 of a tank of gas, "They’re not even hitting a quarter of a tank a day on fuel.”
The new technology works by having bus emissions go through a fluid that turns it into water vapor and carbon dioxide, which evaporates.
GCSU waited 3 years to update its fleet, and Brown says the wait paid off, because the new technology wasn't available until now.
The new buses make 5 stops every 7 minutes. Students say the added shuttles are convenient and help them save money, because they don't have to drive to school.
Greg Brown, Parking and Transportation Manager at GCSU, says the $360,000 investment is well worth the price.
Brown says, "We’ll keep these buses for15 years," which means they will pay for themselves in the long run.
According to Brown, the added buses have also reduced traffic around campus. He says every 20 minutes close to 400 students are transported by the shuttles.
The buses were paid for through student fees. The new eco buses are also in regulation with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's standards for the next 5 years.