RFQ Issued for Transit Facilities, Shortlist and Teams to Be Named in January
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is looking for industry help with as many as 37 compressed natural gas fueling stations to support transit agencies in the state. “Each fueling site must provide access to CNG for public transit and other CNG vehicles alike,” PennDoT says.
The agency’s Public Private Partnerships office – P3 – has issued an RFQ, with responses due December 23.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for PennDOT and its transit-agency partners to team with the private sector to take advantage of the state’s natural gas resources, save money and improve our environment,” PennDOT Secretary and P3 board chairman Barry Schoch said in a release.
Up to $100 Million
The private partner will design, build, finance, operate and maintain CNG filling stations at up to 37 transit facilities, PennDoT says. The expectation is for existing facilities to be upgraded to accommodate CNG.
The agency says it will enter into a CNG supply contract with the selected partner as well as purchase agreements with each of the transit agencies. PennDOT is to receive a portion of the fuel sales revenue, “with the money being returned to transit agencies to assist with future capital projects.”
PennDoT says it expects capital expenditures of $50 million to $100 million, or $2 million to $3 million per CNG fueling site. The money may not be applied to vehicle purchases.
PennDoT plans to release a short list of qualified bidders in January, and a formal RFP in the spring.
Proposal selection is slated for summer 2015.
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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation with Fleets & Fuels follow-up