New Florida Station Features Both Public and Lynx Bus Fueling:
ANGI Equipment Package with Three 600-HP Ariel Compressors
Florida’s Nopetro said today that its new compressed natural gas fueling station in Orlando, built with the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (aka Lynx), is the nation’s largest such P3 –public/private partnership facility.
The six-acre installation boasts three dispensers for Lynx buses and two for public access. It can furnish fuel at the rate of 40 gallons per minute. The P3 project also included providing environmentally sustainable upgrades to Lynx’s existing maintenance facility, and coordination of the agency’s plan to convert its existing bus fleet to CNG.
The facility at John Young Parkway and Lynx Lane “is completely privately funded, a rarity for this level of infrastructure investment, and also includes a shared-revenue component with the regional bus service,” states today’s announcement.
‘The Nation’s Largest Facility of Its Kind’
“Another integral partner in making this unique facility a reality was Teco Peoples Gas,” Nopetro said, “responsible for bringing the natural gas utility service to the project.”
“This P3 showcases Lynx’s commitment to sustainable public transportation, and puts us at the cutting edge of a nationwide movement,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who chairs the Lynx board, says in the Nopetro release.
“Lynx will proudly be home to the nation’s largest facility of its kind,” she said. “We very much look forward to working with Nopetro on this transformative opportunity.”
Gilligs, New Flyers, More Gilligs
“Converting Lynx’s fleet to CNG is a complete win/win for our communities,” the mayor said. “It is positive from a fiscal standpoint, positive from an environmental standpoint, and positive for the millions of riders who utilize the system.”
Lynx currently has 35 forty-foot Gillig buses running on CNG out of a fleet of 292 vehicles, says maintenance manager Steve Wachtler. The agency is currently procuring 25 additional Gillig 40-footers, and expects to take delivery of ten 60-foot articulated CNG buses from New Flyer from June through September.
Ariel, Gilbarco, Kraus, PSB Industries
“We have plans to be at approximately 150 CNG buses over the next five years,” Wachtler told F&F.
The new station has three 600-horsepower, ANGI Energy-packaged Ariel compressors taking 100-psi gas from Teco Peoples to 5,000-psi. There is 520 DGE/diesel gallon equivalents of storage feeding three two-hose ANGI/Gilbarco dispensers on the Lynx transit side and two two-hose Kraus Optima dispensers on the public side, says Nopetro station operations supervisor and maintenance manager David Santizo. The station has PSB Industries equipment for gas drying.
Santizo told F&F that Nopetro operates CNG stations in Tallahassee, St. Johns (Jacksonville) and Charlotte County (north of Fort Myers), and is close to opening in Miami. The Tallahassee station is a P3 with the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and Leon County Schools.
“Our P3 approach to CNG infrastructure development is best in class and flexible to suit the specifics of any U.S. government fleet.” said Nopetro co-founder and CEO Jorge Herrera.
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Source: Nopetro with Fleets & Fuels follow-up