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CATA in Arkansas Plans CNG Transition

July 21, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG Station as First 15 Gillig Buses to Arrive This Month

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority has kicked off its plans to change its entire fleet to compressed natural gas with the opening of a Trillium CNG station in North Little Rock.

CATA board chairman Allie Freeman wields the big scissors at North Little Rock, joined by agency board and staff members, funding partners, and supporters at CATA headquarters in North Little Rock, Ark. Executive director Jarod Varner is at the far right.

CATA board chairman Allie Freeman wields the big scissors at North Little Rock, joined by agency board and staff members, funding partners, and supporters at CATA headquarters in North Little Rock, Ark. Executive director Jarod Varner is at the far right.



“The station will fuel 15 new natural gas-powered buses arriving this month and has the capacity to fuel up to 55 buses in an 8-hour period,” the agency says.

“The transition to natural gas fuel will save CATA $341,838 per year using the 15 new buses and $1,264,801 per year once the entire fleet is converted.”

‘The Fleet They Deserve’

“The CNG fueling station is a public-private effort to provide a cost-efficient, environmentally conscious investment for our transit system,” Jarod Varner, CATA executive director, said in the Trillium station announcement.

“With this transition, we are giving our customers the fleet they deserve,” Varner said.

More Than 80 CNG Vehicles?

“We currently have 59 fixed-route, regular fleet buses, which will all be transitioned to CNG within the next ten years,” says CATA spokeswoman Becca Green. “We have 24 paratransit buses that may be transitioned to CNG-powered buses depending on vehicle cost and availability,” she told F&F.

CATA says that a $2.1 million contract with Trillium CNG covered the North Little Rock station’s design, construction, operation and maintenance. Funding was provided by CATA, municipal and county funding partners, and grants from Southwestern Energy, the Arkansas Energy Office and the Federal Transit Administration.

The 15 new heavy-duty CNG transit buses were manufactured by Gillig of Hayward, Calif., and funded with $6.9 million in federal and local funds.


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CATA (fleet), Rodney Middleton, 501-375-6717; [email protected]

CATA (procurement), Joe Procop 501.375.6717, ext 228; [email protected]

CATA (outreach), Becca Green, 501-831-2423; [email protected]; www.cat.org

Trillium CNG, Jennifer de Tapia, 801- 531-1166; mobile 801-243-2240; [email protected]

Trillium CNG info, Scott Magnus, 419-517-9972; [email protected]; www.trilliumcng.com

Gillig (southeast), Butch Sibley, 510-785-1500 or toll-free 800-735-1500; [email protected]; www.gillig.com


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Source: CATA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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