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Jefferson Transit Rolls Out a New Fleet of Propane Vehicles for Disabled Riders

Jefferson Transit (JeT) has 17 vehicles used for paratransit services, called the Mobility Impaired Transportation System (MITS). Those vehicles make about 61,000 trips and travel approximately 441,000 miles per year serving the Parish’s disabled citizens who are unable to access fixed route transit, often as that person’s lifeline to medical, school, work or any other destination that would be more easily accessible to those without disabilities.

Transit was able to purchase 13 new propane fueled vehicles with the help of the Regional Planning Commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. These vehicles produce less greenhouse emissions as well as reduce the cost for fuel. Each vehicle cost around $86,000. The funding came from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration with local match from the Transit millage. Three more propane vehicles will be added to the fleet this year.

This is part of Jefferson Parish’s continued effort to use clean fuels.  For more information visit www.jeffparish.net.

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