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Albuquerque's Transit Agency Drives Fleet Forward with New Sustainable and Stylish GILLIG CNG Buses

Livermore, California – March 4, 2024: GILLIG, America’s leading heavy-duty transit bus manufacturer, proudly announces the delivery of the first 35 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to Albuquerque’s ABQ RIDE, with an additional 18 scheduled for mid-2024. This inaugural purchase marks a major transition for the agency as they replace old diesel-hybrid buses with new, eco-friendly, and cost-effective GILLIG buses. Adorned with ‘mobile mural’ paint wraps showcasing the beautiful, enchanting landscapes of New Mexico, these near-zero emission buses celebrate the state’s stunning scenery and reflect ABQ RIDE’s decision to combine local artistry with environmental consciousness.


ABQ RIDE’s recent acquisition of GILLIG CNG buses is a game-changing development for the agency and the greater Albuquerque community. These buses are designed to provide ultra-low-emission and ultra-high-performance transit solutions with the lowest total cost of ownership. The vehicles are built on GILLIG’s signature Low-Floor platform, known for its rugged reliability and easy maintenance. Achieving the highest reliability scores and the best CNG fuel economy in Federal Altoona testing, the GILLIG CNG, like the rest of GILLIG’s product line-up, is a transit solution that’s durable, dependable, economically smart, and environmentally advantageous.


The environmental benefits of transitioning from older vehicles to these new CNG buses are remarkable, with an estimated reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions by 356.53 tons and NOx emissions by 3014.55 pounds per bus over its lifespan, the equivalent of planting over 52,000 trees. With the acquisition of these buses, ABQ RIDE is taking a bold step forward in reducing its environmental footprint while providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective transit solutions to the community.


 “We’re excited to announce this new partnership with ABQ Ride and for these beautifully wrapped GILLIG CNG buses to begin service. We know that every transit agency and community has distinct needs, and having the flexibility to fit every fleet is at the core of what we offer at GILLIG,” stated Javier Hernandez, GILLIG’s Director of National Sales. “ABQ Ride’s investment in the new buses reinforces how GILLIG’s versatility and reliability help agencies achieve our shared commitment to keep communities connected. We look forward to seeing these buses roll out as the cutting-edge CNG technology helps protect the very environment the ‘mobile murals’ are celebrating.”


 ABQ RIDE’s decision to partner with GILLIG stems from a thorough evaluation of the benefits that GILLIG’s buses offer. “The decision to transition to GILLIG’s CNG buses was based on a comprehensive assessment of our needs and the goals we have for public transportation in Albuquerque,” said Leslie Keener, Director of ABQ RIDE. “Their reliability, cost-saving fuel efficiency, and impressive environmental benefits made GILLIG the best choice as we work to modernize our aging fleet while ensuring our riders are provided with safe, reliable, and accessible transportation service throughout the City of Albuquerque.”


GILLIG is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and has been family-owned since 1890. In steadfast commitment to their mission of building buses that connect communities, eliminate congestion, and contribute to a greener environment, GILLIG offers a diverse range of clean energy transit solutions, including zero-emission Battery Electric, and low-emissions Hybrid and CNG, as well as clean Diesel solutions. Known for safety, reliability, and unparalleled customer service, GILLIG is committed to providing high-quality transit solutions that meet the unique needs of communities nationwide. For more information about GILLIG and its commitment to quality manufacturing and workforce excellence, please visit


ABQ Ride, the public transportation agency for the City of Albuquerque, NM, offers 24 fixed routes throughout the city and its surrounding areas, and serves nearly 20 thousand riders each day. As part of its dedication to the community, ABQ Ride has implemented a permanent Zero Fare program, ensuring fare-free services for all, reflecting Albuquerque's commitment to equitable and accessible transit solutions for residents and visitors alike. With a focus on sustainability and service, ABQ RIDE continues to innovate and lead in delivering public transportation that meets the evolving needs of the city it serves. For more information, please visit

For press-related questions or comments, please contact:

Marz Evans

GILLIG Marketing Manager


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