Second Fueling Station to Be Built for Agency in Downtown L.A.
Trillium CNG says it’s been picked to design, build, operate and maintain a second compressed natural gas fueling station “for the largest operator of CNG-fueled school buses in the country, the Los Angeles Unified School District.” updated June 17
The new private station at LAUSD’s San Julian Garage near downtown Los Angeles will be the second and operated by Trillium CNG for the agency, supplementing a facility in Gardena, to the south, that dates from January 2000.
The San Julian site will feature 102 time-fill posts and a single fast-fill dispenser, Trillium says, with fuel dispensed overnight using two 150 horsepower compressors. The new station is expected to deliver 500,000 gasoline gallons equivalent per year.
529 Type D School Buses on CNG
LAUSD operates 529 CNG-fueled Type D school buses, says transportation director Donald Wilkes. “Fuel cost savings range from $1.50 to $2.50” per gallon equivalent,” he says, depending on vehicle type.
LAUSD also operates 141 propane autogas-fueled Type C school buses, Wilkes told F&F, as well as white fleet vehicles powered by propane, CNG and liquefied natural gas, and hybrid electrics. “Additionally, all remaining diesel engine school buses in the fleet operate on biodiesel fuel,” he adds.
“Operation of alternative fuel vehicles has contributed towards LAUSD’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2,600 metric tons,” Wilkes says.
“The Los Angeles Unified School District was an early adopter of CNG for school buses and has realized for over a decade the economic and environmental benefits of using an American transportation fuel,” Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher said in the new station announcement.
“We value our 15-year working relationship,” she said.
The San Julian groundbreaking is slated for late next month. Trillium says it expects the new facility to be built and operating by October.
Trillium CNG is to maintain the station for 15 years.
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