- The Washington Times
Thursday, November 20, 2014

A bus that runs on local human and food waste — specifically biomethane gas — has taken to the streets in the United Kingdom.

The Bath Bus Co.’s “Bio-Bus” went operational on Thursday, taking passengers from Britain’s Bristol Airport and Bath.

“Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in U.K. cities, but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself,” Mohammed Saddiq, general manager of GENeco, told the Guardian on Thursday. The company, a subsidiary of Wessex Water, runs a local sewage treatment plant that fuels the vehicle.

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The bus seats 40 and can travel up to 186 miles on one tank of gas — the equivalent of the annual waste produced by five people — the paper reported.

“Up to 10,000 passengers are expected to travel on the A4 service in a month, which is available not only for airport travel, but also local journeys along the route through Saltford, Keynsham, Brislington, Knowle and Hengrove,” said Collin Field, the engineering director at Bath Bus Co., the Guardian reported.

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