Atlantic City - Compressed Natural Gas Jitney Buses Used for Evacuations During Hurricane Sandy
Atlantic City, New Jersey used minibuses known as “jitneys” that were powered by compressed natural gas in their emergency planning efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Because the vehicles run on an alternative fuel, they were able to continue operating when gasoline was in short supply during and after the hurricane.
As the city’s main public transportation fleet, jitneys are used during emergencies to evacuate residents from Atlantic City Housing Authority units and other locations as needed. During Hurricane Sandy, thirty of the jitneys evacuated people from the city, including elderly and disabled residents living along the Boardwalk. Other jitneys transported clinic patients to medical treatments and helped residents gather emergency goods.
The Atlantic City Jitney Association has worked with Atlantic City since 1915 to provide public transportation for residents and tourists. In 2009, the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition received $15 million in Recovery Act funding to purchase more than 270 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for the state. Working with New Jersey Clean Cities under this grant, the Atlantic City Jitney Association converted its entire 190-vehicle fleet to CNG and built a fueling station that is open to the public. During the entire evacuation and recovery process, the CNG station remained open and the jitneys were able to fuel.
This Adaptation Clearinghouse entry was prepared with support from the Federal Highway Administration. This entry was last updated on December 29, 2014.
Publication Date: November 2012
- Atlantic City Office of Emergency Management
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