Roadrunner Shuttle celebrates alt-fuel fleet, facility

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Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Camarillo, Calif., to highlight shuttle vans and buses fueled by propane autogas. The event, entitled “Moving Forward with Sustainability in Ventura County,” offered a facility tour aboard propane autogas shuttles, which account for 20 percent of Roadrunner’s fleet, and two alternative-fuel vehicles on display.

“Our business has grown with propane autogas,” said Charles Sandlin, operations manager for Roadrunner Shuttle. “The Roush CleanTech technology is reliable, the vehicles run exceptionally clean, and most importantly, our reduced fuel and maintenance costs have allowed us to expand our services to customers.”

Recently awarded a contract by the Ventura County Transportation Commission to provide Vista intercity bus service, Roadrunner will use the new facility for that operation and for storage of their propane autogas vehicle fleet. “When we purchased our first four propane autogas shuttle vans over a year ago, we anticipated a positive return,” said Sandlin. “Since then, we’ve added an additional 13 shuttle vans and two shuttle buses that are currently saving the company nearly $1,500 per vehicle per month.”

Roadrunner shuttles passengers in Roush CleanTech Ford E-250 vans and 20-passenger Ford E-450 buses equipped with wheelchair-accessible slots. For convenience and to further reduce fuel costs, Roadrunner Shuttle added a 2,000-gallon fueling facility near the new contract bus yard. According to Sandlin, Roadrunner Shuttle plans to fuel 100 percent of its fleet on alternative energy in order to increase resourcefulness and reduce its carbon footprint.

“We are excited about Roadrunner Shuttle’s continued growth by running clean and cost-efficient on propane autogas, and we look forward to growing a mutually beneficial relationship in the years to come,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for Roush CleanTech.