Fayetteville Area System of Transit Case Study Fayetteville Area System of Transit Case Study
The Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST) — N.C.
“Propane autogas allows us to be more cost effective and more environmentally responsible.”
Fast Transit Director
The Fayetteville (North Carolina) Area System of Transit (FAST) provides paratransit and fixed-route services for more than 6,000 residents every day. FAST converted its gasoline minibuses to propane autogas bi-fuel systems — which can operate on either propane autogas or gasoline — in May 2016, but had originally fueled its small-bus fleet with propane autogas from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. The transition back to the alternative fuel has gone so well that the agency plans to convert all of its small buses, along with several service vehicles, to the bi-fuel systems.
Equipment Fleet Profile
FAST has 23 total propane autogas bi-fuel vehicles between its paratransit and fixed-route fleets, including:
- 15 22-foot Ford E-350s
- 4 25-foot Ford E-450s
- 4 28-foot Ford F-550s
- 22,000-gallon tanks connected in tandem to two dispensers on site
- 180+ miles without downtime for refueling with propane autogas bi-fuel systems.
- 40-50% fuel savings compared to gasoline.
- $1.51/gal average fuel cost delivered onsite twice a week.
- 12% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- $50,000 annually estimated fuel savings for its paratransit fleet.