Dowling College Unveils Magic Bus
Natural Gas-Powered Shuttle Makes Diesel Exhaust Vanish, Improves Fuel Efficiency
Decorated with vivid full-color graphics depicting its
two campuses, Dowling College's new 40-passenger, compressed natural
gas (CNG)-powered shuttle bus began transporting students between the
Oakdale and Brookhaven campuses on the first day of spring term.
The lease of the $150,000 bus was made possible by a $100,000 Long
Island Region Improving Commuting (LIRIC) grant from Long Island
Transportation Management (LITM), as part of the New York State
Department of Transportation's Commuter Choice Program.
"LITM is proud and excited to be part of such an innovative project. It
is our hope at LITM that Dowling's new compressed natural gas shuttle
will be an inspiration for other Long Island employers to join efforts
in improving Long Island's air quality and reducing congestion on our
roadways," said Phyllis Abrams, LITM Grant Administrator.
"We appreciate the work of New York State Senator Caesar Trunzo, the
New York State Department of Transportation and LITM, which enabled us
to add this environmentally friendly bus to our fleet," said Dowling
College President Albert E. Donor. "This is a spacious bus that
features comfortable seats and a sound system any dorm student would
envy," he added. "I also believe it is the most eye-catching vehicle
in Suffolk County."
Dowling's new bus is wrapped on all sides in color graphics
highlighting the two Suffolk County campuses of the College. One side
depicts Dowling's renowned crew team on Oakdale's Connetquot River
in front of Fortunoff Hall, the former Vanderbilt mansion, while the
other features planes at Dowling's School of Aviation in Shirley.
The new vehicle joins Dowling's existing fleet of four diesel-powered
shuttle buses. "This bus allows us to better serve our students while
doing our part to help the environment," commented Tom Downs, Director
of Facilities at Dowling, noting that the buses also make stops at area
shopping centers. "The bus is quiet, has better gas mileage, and does
not produce the fumes of diesel buses." Downs anticipates that the new
bus will travel approximately 50,000 miles per year. It will enable
Dowling to reduce the workload of two less-fuel-efficient diesels. With
each run, the bus is expected to eliminate 24 vehicle trips traveling an
average distance of 38 miles roundtrip, which will help alleviate
congestion on some of Long Island's busiest highways and relieve
The bus will be fueled at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)
Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, which opened a CNG fueling
station in 2001 to power its growing fleet of CNG vehicles. "We have
extra capacity at our fueling station, so we were pleased to offer
Dowling the opportunity to fuel its new bus here," said Mike Holland,
Manager of DOE's Brookhaven Site Office.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.