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Long Beach Transit Opens CNG Garage

September 6, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five-Compressor ANGI Facility to Support 64 Gillig Buses

Southern California’s Long Beach Transit has opened a state-of-the-art maintenance and fueling center to support a fleet of 64, and eventually approximately 100, new compressed natural gas buses.

The new Long Beach Transit facility is named for the late Jim Ditch, who retired as LBT executive director for maintenance and facilities in January 2008 after 19 years of service with the agency, and passed away in September 2009.

The new fleet marks a commitment to CNG on behalf of the agency, which pioneered the deployment of gasoline-powered series hybrid electrics in June 2005.

LBT has taken delivery of 33 of the new CNG vehicles, supplied by Gillig Corp. An additional 31 are expected over the next three years.

Long Beach Transit executive director and maintenance and facilities VP Rolando Cruz at the September 8 opening

The new fueling installation has five Ariel compressors packaged by ANGI Energy. Each of the electric-drive units can handle about 500 standard cubic feet per minute of natural gas, making for a practical capacity (with one unit idle for backup) of 2,000 scfm.

There is a gas dryer by PSB Industries. The station has two fast-fill dispenser hoses. Natural gas is supplied by Long Beach Gas & Oil.

Clean Energy for Maintenance

The buses themselves are among the first by Gillig since the Hayward, Calif.-based firm started offering the CNG option (F&F, March 15, 2010). The vehicles have 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport, and Type III CNG cylinders from Worthington-SCI in roof-mounted assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems.

Clean Energy Fuels has an initial one-year maintenance contract on the new LBT garage.

The new Long Beach Transit facility has no fewer than five Ariel compressors packaged by ANGI Energy. The Gillig buses have Worthington-SCI CNG cylinders in roof-mounted assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems.

The James A. Ditch Maintenance Facility and Learning Center is named for the late Jim Ditch, who retired as Long Beach Transit executive director for maintenance and facilities in January 2008, after 19 years of service with the agency. He passed away in September 2009.


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