The first of 20-new compressed natural gas-powered buses have entered service Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The vehicles provide transportation between the passenger terminal and the airport’s consolidated rental car facility. The 60ft (18.2m) articulated vehicles provide around-the-clock service at BWI Marshall Airport. The airport says the buses offer many important customer service amenities, including: WiFi, USB charging ports, infotainment screens, plush seats, three sets of wide doors and large windows. They also provide about a 50% increase in capacity over the older rental car shuttle fleet.
The $15 million purchase is funded through the Customer Facility Charge (CFC) fee on airport rental car transactions. About half of the new vehicles will be in service this week. The remaining buses will be delivered to the airport and put into service before the end of the year. They are replacing a fleet of 40ft (12.1m), transit-style rental car shuttle buses that were manufactured in 2004.