Groundbreaking Bus Procurement Task for Fuel Provider:
300 CNG-Fueled New Flyer Xcelsior Vehicles Already on Order,
Two New Public CNG Fueling Stations to Be Miami-Dade’s First
As Fuel Provider Pledges 20% Renewable Natural Gas Content
Love’s Trillium CNG revealed a blockbuster win on Thursday: a ten-year, $330 million-plus contract for two public-access fueling stations each able to support 250 compressed natural gas-powered buses for Florida’s Miami-Dade Transit – and the task of procuring those buses for the agency: 300 of New Flyer vehicles to be delivered through this year and next.
The stations are to be open early next year and in summer 2018. They are to dispense “a minimum” of 20% RNG/renewable natural gas.
The stations will be the only CNG fueling outlets in the county, which “awarded Trillium the contract under which the company will design, build and maintain the CNG facilities, upgrade maintenance facilities, as well as procure 300 CNG buses for the county’s public transportation system.”
The agreement also includes CNG-related updates to existing transit infrastructure, as well as new fueling buildings, bus washes, and a ten-year operation and maintenance pact, Love’s says.
“The fiscal impact for the initial ten years in the implementation of the CNG bus program is an estimated $321.6 million,” states a Miami-Dade County release. “This long-term investment can yield significant savings in the long run,” the announcement states, noting an option to renew up to an additional ten years.
‘Innovative Public-Private Collaboration’
“This is easily one of the most innovative public-private collaborations we’ve undertaken with a transit agency,” Trillium CNG director Bill Cashmareck said in his company’s release.
“The combination of providing buses, designing, building and maintaining the CNG systems, upgrading maintenance facilities, and constructing new fuel and wash buildings demonstrates the breadth of our services.
‘We’ll Take Care of the Details’
“Our goal is to simplify sustainability, meaning that we’ll take care of the details,” he said. Both stations will have separate fueling islands for the public.
Under the contract, 300 of New Flyer’s 40-foot Xcelsior CNG buses are to be delivered through this year and 2018, Trillium says, noting that “the agency may add CNG buses in the future.’
“It’s definitely unique,” Cashmareck says. In addition to the CNG buses, “they’ll be able to take anything from a Class 8 down to a passenger vehicle,” he told F&F.
The twin stations, on NW 32nd Avenue east of the Miami International Airport and on SW 74th Avenue, south toward Coral Gables, will have four fueling lanes, he reports.
They will have 600- or 700-horsepower electric, multi-stage, reciprocating Ariel compressors arranged on three skids with a space for a fourth.
Each station will be capable of dispensing up to 10,000 scfm/standard cubic feet per minute, Cashmareck says.
Construction of the 32nd Avenue station is to commence this year. The facility is to open early next year. Construction of the second CNG outlet, on 74th Avenue, is to start this winter and the station is to be open by summer 2018.
RNG: ‘More than a Few Sources’
Regarding RNG/biomethane fuel for Miami-Dade, “We have more than a few sources of renewable natural gas, Cashmareck says.
“We are an aggregator and use the gas at our own 65 public retail stations or for our customers like MDC [Miami-Dade]. It will be hard to say which exact gas we source for MDC until we get a little closer.
“The RNG feedstock will be from a landfill, dairy farm, or waste-water treatment plant,” Cashmareck says.
‘The Best Possible Future’
“As mayor, it’s my responsibility to seek the best possible future for our children and grandchildren from both a financial and environmental perspective, and I believe compressed natural gas and renewable natural gas for our county’s buses will move us towards that goal,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez says in the Love’s announcement.
“After much consideration and research, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and I felt Trillium CNG was the best company to help move us toward a more sustainable future,” he said.
Battery Buses Too?
“We are also exploring the possibility of upgrading our bus fleet with electric buses,” Mayor Giménez said in the county announcement.
Clean Energy Fuels and Nopetro also bid on the Miami-Dade CNG project.
The Miami-Dade County Metrobus system provides service along 95 bus routes that travel 29 million miles per year throughout the county, including parts of Broward County and the Middle Keys.
“County officials say the agreement will help them reach their goals of meeting the transportation needs of their customers while increasing sustainability,” states the Love’s Trillium CNG announcement.
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