Transit Agency Plans to Gradually Convert Fleet of Some 260 Buses
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has opened the largest fast-fill compressed natural gas station in Missouri. The KCATA facility by Clean Energy Fuels has Clean Energy-IMW compressors enabling a transit bus to be filled in less than seven minutes – which will allow KCATA to handle more than 200 buses nightly as demand builds.
“The move from diesel to CNG fuel is expected to save up to $500,000 in fuel in 2015, and up to $4,000,000 per year once the fleet is fully converted over the next dozen years,” KCATA says.
Clean Energy built the station with IMW compressors and will monitor and maintain it. The station cost $3.2 million, KCATA says, with 80% of the cost covered by the federal Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program.
Gillig for Current CNG Fleet and Likely More
“The move from diesel fuel to CNG will result in cleaner air, and significant cost savings,” KCATA regional planning and development VP Dick Jarrold says in an agency announcement.
CNG vehicles are being phased in as current buses are retired. KCATA recently took delivery of eight new 30-foot CNG buses from Gillig, bringing its total of 30- and 40-foot CNG-fueled Gillig vehicles to 25, says Keith Sanders, also with KCATA regional planning and development.
Clean Energy for the City of Kansas City Too
“Our plan is to completely convert our entire fleet of some 260 buses,” he told F&F, likely 15 to 20 units per year. For now, KCATA has on ongoing contract with Gillig. “We competitively bid it every three to five years,” Sanders says.
Missouri Gas Energy/Laclede Gas installed a gas main extension, nearly one-half mile, to support the new KCATA facility.
A separate, public-access CNG station by Clean Energy is open for the City of Kansas City in the coming weeks.
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Source: Kansas City ATA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up