Businesses using propane vehicles feel effect of fuel shortage

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- With the rising cost of propane, many Wisconsin residents and businesses are being forced to pay soaring rates, but one company is maintaining a hopeful outlook -- all while paying out of their own pocket.

While Go Riteway prides themselves on going the extra mile for their customers, they're beginning to pay the extra cost to do so. The company has 32 vans used for shared ride services -- where people are picked up at their front door and taken to the airport.

The goal was to be a cost-effective and green transportation alternative.

"The whole concept of a shared ride service takes people's vehicles off the road so it's  something that we've encouraged," said Paul Kolo, Director of Operations with Go Riteway.

The vans are fueled by propane autogas, which now fuels 40% of the fleet. The recent shortage has upped fuel prices, but Kolo says it's not impacting service to his customers. In fact, Go Riteway is optimistic their new environmentally friendly venture will be a success.

"It seems to be working well for us. We feel this is something that will work well into the future. This may be the future of this type of business and this type of transportation," Kolo said.

Despite the propane setback, Kolo believes the green initiative will be worth it in the long run for everyone involved.

"These types of things happen in business. We feel it's a short-term problem that will clear itself up," said Kolo.

Governor Scott Walker recently announced a state of emergency regarding the propane shortage and is working to bring aid to businesses and residents in Wisconsin who use propane.