Transportation (Fleet & Highways)

Objective

To employ practices which increase the overall fleet fuel efficiency and utilize alternative fuels and means of transport that reduce vehicular emissions and dependence on petroleum products.

  • Converted Allison automatic transmissions in new vehicles to fully synthetic fluids, replacing petroleum-based products.
  • Established average fuel efficiency goals for the Town’s
    non-Police sedans.
  • Assigned fleet sedans so that the most fuel-efficient vehicles are
    those driven most frequently.
  • Established anti-idling practices for all Town-owned vehicles.
  • Utilize bio-diesel fuel for Town vehicles, saving consumption of approximately 2,750 gallons of diesel fuel annually.
  • Inflated Town vehicle tires with pure nitrogen to better maintain proper tire pressure and optimize fleet fuel efficiency.
    Natural Gas Vehicles
  • Installed a compressed natural gas fueling station at the Riverfront Community Center to fuel Dial-A-Ride vans and sedans used to transport seniors. $
  • Incorporated alternative fuel vehicles to the Town fleet, including compressed natural gas sedans and gas/electric hybrids.
  • Recycle fleet-generated waste oil, antifreeze, used batteries, parts, and washing fluids via outside vendor.
  • Retread tires, where practicable.
  • Utilize multi-use vehicles and trailers by Highway staff to transport staff and materials to job sites, minimizing fuel consumption.
  • Installed a GPS-based automated vehicle location system to improve route choices and eliminate unnecessary idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption.
    Brine Applicator
  • Installed ground speed spreader controls on new snow/ice removal equipment, thereby optimizing application rates of treated road salt.
  • Installed LED warning lights on Police vehicles to reduce electrical draw and the need to idle vehicles during use.
  • Installed fuel saving devices in selected Police vehicles to automatically minimize the idle time necessary to operate auxiliary vehicle functions. $
  • Implemented usage of a treated road salt product in place of sand/salt mixture. Efficiencies gained include reductions in street sweeping and catch basin cleaning efforts in addition to fuel consumption reductions due to product effectiveness.
  • Utilization of bicycles and motorcycles by Police Department.

    Police Bike Patrol

 

 

 

 Police Motorcycle

 

 

 

 

 

$ = Includes Supplemental Funding (i.e. grants, rebates, incentives, etc.)

Related Glastonbury Goes Green Bulletins

Issue No. Title department of issue description
1 Green Fleets Vehicle Maintenance Alternative Fuel Vehicles
4 Fuel Misers    Police Anti-Idle Devices for Police Cruisers
10 Deice Age Highway Green Winter Roadway procedures for Snow and Ice Control
12 Green Route Highway GPS Units Improve Vehicle Routes
13 Green Lights Highway LED Traffic Lights