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Love’s-Trillium CNG for Huge Via Station

August 16, 2016 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seven 700-Horsepower Ariel JGA Compressors
To Support as Many as 500 New Nova Bus Vehicles,
Station to Be ‘Largest CNG Dispensing Facility in the U.S.’

Trillium CNG, now a unit of Love’s, will add a new compressed natural gas system to a private fueling station now operated by Via Metropolitan Transit, in San Antonio.

CNG-fueled transit bus for San Antonio Via's 'Primo' route.

CNG-fueled transit bus for San Antonio Via’s ‘Primo’ route.

The new Texas station will support as many as 500 new 40-foot CNG-fueled vehicles from Volvo’s Nova Bus.

“When completed,” says San Antonio Via fleets and facilities VP Gary Glasscock, the expended installation will be the “largest CNG dispensing facility in the U.S.”

85 Gallons per Minute

The expanded station will have seven 700-horsepower Ariel JGA compressors, Glasscock told F&F, feeding ten Kraus Global dispensers. It will be capable of dispensing 10,272 cubic feet per minute – more than 85 equivalent gallons per minute, according to Love’s. The station will have a twin tower SPX twin tower dryer capable of handling 10,000 CFM, and fully redundant power generation.

The first of the new Nova Bus units is to arrive in November, Glasscock says.

More Than 600 Vehicles

Via meanwhile operates a fleet of 478 transit buses, plus 124 propane autogas-fueled paratransit vehicles and 14 propane trolleys, built by Optima.

Ariel JG/JGA-type compresor

Ariel JG/JGA-type compresor

Of its 478 transit buses, Via has a total of 38 CNG-fueled buses including four 40-footers and 19 60-footers from NABI/North American Bus Industries (now part of New Flyer) and 15 new CNG-fueled 40-foot Excelsior buses from New Flyer.  The 60-foot buses are  for BRT/bus rapid transit routes.  VIA also operates 30 diesel-electric, Allison-drive New Flyer hybrids and three 100% battery electric buses from Proterra (F&F, July 24, 2012).

CNG Bus Operation Proved Cheaper

Via’s oldest NABI diesels, dating from 1999, have logged nearly one million miles apiece, Glasscock says.

The agency started with four CNG buses and the 30 hybrids in 2010 using ARRA/American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. The initial inclination was for the hybrids, he explains, but “We soon realized that the CNG buses were by far less costly to operate” – even including infrastructure expenditures.

Fuel cost comparison graphic courtesy San Antonio Via

Fuel cost comparison graphic courtesy San Antonio Via

“It’s an honor to be selected to install another one of the country’s largest CNG stations,” Love’s natural gas manager Bill Cashmareck says in his company’s San Antonio Via announcement.

‘A Long History’

“Trillium CNG has a long history of providing solutions for transit agencies and an excellent track record of building CNG sites and ensuring they are always operating at peak efficiency,” he said. “We look forward to helping Via meet its goal of transitioning more buses to clean-burning, domestic CNG.”

CNG-fueled transit bus for San Antonio Via's 'Viva' route.

CNG-fueled transit bus for San Antonio Via’s ‘Viva’ route.

Via, Love’s notes, provides public transportation services to 13 cities in the greater San Antonio region and unincorporated areas of Bexar County. Via operates seven days a week on 90 routes and provided 41 million rides in 2015.

Open in Late Spring of 2017

Construction on the new station is scheduled to begin this fall and it’s to be in operation by late spring 2017.

Love’s operates more than 50 travel stops in Texas, eight of which offer the firm’s Fast-Fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for motorists. Trillium CNG operates an additional 13 public-access fueling stations for NGVs in the state.

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Source: Love’s Trillium CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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