TRENTON – Nearly 800 NJ Transit buses are close to being retrofitted, which will help reduce emissions, the Department of Environmental Protection said on Wednesday.
NJ Transit has installed emissions control technology on many of its older buses to reduce air pollution.
The retrofitting work is financed by the State’s Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund, a program created under a 2005 law that requires installation of diesel emission control equipment on older diesel-powered vehicles.
“We’re working hard to improve New Jersey’s air quality, that is a goal of Governor Christie and the DEP,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin in a release. “On the diesel front, that effort is occurring right in our own communities and neighborhoods, by offering less-polluting buses that take our residents to work and school.
“Exhaust from diesel-powered vehicles, especially older vehicles, is a source of harmful pollutants, and especially impacts residents in our more congested, urban areas. That’s something we are working to remedy.”
In addition to 760 retrofitted NJ Transit buses, more than 1,200 solid waste collection trucks have had diesel emissions control equipment installed in the past several years in New Jersey. These retrofits and other scheduled retrofits for commercial passenger buses and publicly-owned vehicles are expected to reduce particulate emissions by more than 100 tons per year statewide, the state said.
The new emission control devices will run on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and contain a soot filter to reduce particulates and use a diesel oxidation catalyst that could recue particulate matter by 80 percent and provide a 90 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions.