Area Regional Transit Authority biodiesel facility ready for fuel
Toledo, OH— The Toledo Area
Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) commemorated the opening of
its biodiesel fueling facility March 3, 2006.
TARTA is taking part in a study
investigating the impact of using a mixture of biodiesel fuels
and petroleum-based diesel fuel. The study is being conducted
with a $1.5 million grant made possible by Congresswoman Marcy
The study will be conducted by
the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Toledo
with two different fuels: ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel;
and a mixture of 80% ULSD fuel and 20% methyl ester biofuel—known
as “B20”—derived from soybean oil and yellow
grease (primarily, recycled cooking oil from restaurants).
Forty-eight TARTA buses and a
number of City of Toledo Division of Streets, Bridges & Harbor
diesel-powered vehicles will take part in the vehicle testing.
The study will focus on differences in emissions, engine performance,
engine wear, and operating costs. Air quality for passengers will
also be measured—a first of its kind.
An additional TARTA vehicle involved
in the study—a mini-bus affectionately called BH-1 (short
for bio-hydrogen)—will show the benefits of injecting a
small amount of hydrogen in the air intake of the vehicle using