Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) is welcoming 13 new additions to its fleet, officials announced Thursday.

EMTA added 6 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and 7 new paratransit LIFT vehicles.

About 65 percent of the EMTA's fixed-route fleet are now CNG buses.

Pennsylvania Sen. Dan Laughlin, who spoke at Thursday's unveiling, said CNG buses release fewer emissions, which will reduce EMTA's carbon footprint.

EMTA CEO Jeremy Peterson said the new fleet will transform its appearance, and now the goal is to convert all buses to compressed natural gas.

"It was through pioneers and folks before me that came in and and set this up," said Peterson. "Now with the building here, our appearance needs to be better to on the road as it is here on our campus."

The new vehicles will be added to routes next month.