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October 10, 2007

AU transit system goes green
New high tech system handles record number of riders with ease

Auburn University’s orange and blue Tiger Transit buses are now green. The transit fleet of more than 40 vehicles has made the switch from using regular diesel fuel to biodiesel, a cleaner burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources. AU is the first university in the state to make the switch.

Auburn’s leadership on alternative sources of energy starts on campus,” said AU President Jay Gogue. “Tiger Transit’s switch to biodiesel illustrates our commitment to improving energy security for the United States and promoting economic growth through development and use of renewable bioenergy.”

The switch comes at a time when ridership is at an all-time high - with a one-day record the first week of classes of more than 17,000 riders - and when more than 5,000 users a day are using new visualization technology to check the internet or their cell phones to see exactly when their bus will arrive.

University officials worked with Groome transportation, the contract provider of the transit fleet, on the environmentally friendly transition. MORE

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