29-Station Project Supporting More Than 1,600 Buses
Announced Earlier as a 20-Year, $84.5 Million Initiative
Trillium CNG and its new parent Love’s said today that they’ve finalized a its agreement for 29 new compressed natural gas fuel stations for PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
This is an unprecedented project that will supply CNG to more than 1,600 buses at transit agencies across Pennsylvania,” Love’s natural gas GM Bill Cashmareck said in release.
The project was announced as a 20-Year, $84.5 million initiative earlier this year (F&F, March 29).
‘PennDOT Has Led the Way’
“PennDOT has led the way in proving how valuable public-private partnerships can be,” Cashmareck said. “We hope other states use this model so Trillium can help lower the cost of other transit facilities nationwide. With Trillium’s deep expertise in constructing and maintaining facilities, we can assure Customers they will receive continued reliable service.”
Seven of the 29 facilities will be open to the public with the option to add additional sites in the future. The public stations are also open to the motoring public as well as light, medium and heavy-duty trucks. The fueling stations will be strategically placed throughout the state, Trillium says, to give fleets and motorists convenient access to more CNG locations. The agreement also includes CNG-related updates to existing transit maintenance and storage facilities.
All to Be Built Within Five Years
Construction on the first three facilities will begin later this year and are expected to open early next year. Stations at the Cambria County Transit Authority in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in York, Pennsylvania, will serve the transit authorities’ fleets of public transit buses, as well as the motoring public. The Centre Area Transportation Authority facility in State College, Pennsylvania, is for private use by its bus fleet. All locations will be constructed over the next five years.
Love’s Travel Stops operates five travel stops in Pennsylvania, while Trillium operates three CNG facilities there. Trillium has developed several other sites in Pennsylvania that are now operated by third parties.
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Source: Love’s-Trillium CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up