PALM SPRINGS, CA
— The 2005 Clean Cities National Partner Award winner of the City Fleet of the Year was the City of Fresno, Calif., which was recognized May 3 at the Clean Cities Conference in Palm Springs.According to Clean Cities, the City of Fresno, California, has set a high standard for reducing emissions from its fleet. It operates 69 refuse trucks on liquefied natural gas (LNG); 27 compressed natural gas (CNG) transit buses, with 10 more on order; five CNG-powered trolley buses; two diesel-electric hybrid transit buses; and numerous other alternative fuel vehicles.It also installed a 12,000-gallon capacity public-access LNG station and has a high-capacity public-access CNG station under construction. These efforts helped the city displace more than 838,000 gallons of diesel fuel in 2004. It also has a program that allows zero-emission vehicles, super-ultra-low emission vehicles, and low-emission vehicles to park free in City of Fresno garages and at parking meters.