Eight Gillig Buses with Fueling as Part of Pennsylvania Transit Initiative
Pennsylvania’s Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority has ordered its first compressed natural gas buses. MMVTA is expecting deployment late this year or early next of the four 40- and four 35-foot vehicles from Gillig.
The new buses will have 8.9-liter ISLG engines from Cummins Westport and Type III CNG fuel cylinders from Worthington/SCI, eight tanks per bus, in assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems.
“The vehicles will make use of Pennsylvania natural gas and cost approximately $460,000 each,” states an agency release. Funding for the project was provided via the Pennsylvania Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicle Program, the FTA/Federal Transit Administration, and by state and local Westmoreland and Washington County funds.
Maintenance Facility Upgrade Too
For fueling, MMVTA is tapping into a Pennsylvania program to build 37 public-access CNG stations at transit facilities in the state, executive director Marc Roncone told F&F.
Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership Board is seeking a private partner to develop the stations (F&F, November 25).
In addition to the new Gillig buses, MMVTA will renovate its Donora maintenance facility and yard to allow for indoor storage, maintenance and fueling of natural gas vehicles.
“Plans are in the works to rehabilitate the old steel mill building that we currently use for bus storage in Donora to include all necessary CNG-compliant infrastructure prior to vehicle arrival,” Roncone said in a release.
MMVTA is based in Charleroi, south of Pittsburgh.
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Source: MMVTA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up