Anytime the City of Williamsport can come up with a plan to save $400,000 annually, we are thrilled.
And that's the anticipated annual savings once the city converts its fleet of buses and support vehicles to run on natural gas.
The savings are a result of a natural gas fueling station that has been approved for the city at River Valley Transit headquarters on West Third Street by City Council.
The fueling island will provide gas for fleet vehicles from municipalities, industries and schools, with eventual hopes to provide public access for people buying cars and trucks that run on compressed natural gas.
Of course, this is possible because of the natural gas drilling boom in our region, which is creating 20 to 50 years of "over-supply" of natural gas, according to William E. Nichols Jr., general manager of River Valley Transit.
Thumbs up to the city administration for recognizing this unique opportunity and taking advantage in a practical way.