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Lawrence Looking At Natural Gas To Fuel New City Buses

City leaders in Lawrence are putting the brakes on plans to purchase new buses for their public transportation fleet. They're giving another look at using compressed natural gas as a power source. The city had planned to buy three diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses, but it's re-thinking the purchase because of the lower cost of natural gas.

A feasibility study four years ago compared the fuel costs, but that was before natural gas prices dropped and supplies increased.

The average price for diesel fuel nationally is about $3.90 per gallon.

By comparison, compressed natural gas sells for about $2.10 per gallon, and it's as low as $1 per gallon in some parts of the country.