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Trillium CNG for HART Buses in Tampa

March 24, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Complete Operations and Maintenance Services:
Work to Include New Controls for IMW Compressors

Love’s Trillium CNG says it’s been tapped to provide complete operations and maintenance services to the Tampa-based Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority in support of HART’s compressed natural gas fueling station for buses.

Trillium, selected after a competitive solicitation process, will upgrade the station too.

CNG-fueled HART bus in Tampa, Fla.

“As the first transit agency in Florida to invest in CNG, we knew HART had serious long-term CNG goals that we felt we could meet,” Trillium CNG director Bill Cashmareck said in a release.

In 2014, states the announcement HART became the first public transportation agency in Florida to convert from diesel fuel to CNG. The private CNG station uses four 300-horsepower IMW compressors. Trillium will replace three control panels and develop custom programming, allowing the station to better use available capacity.

‘A More Energy-Efficient And Cost-Effective Operation’

Further, a new valve and control panel will reduce wear and tear on the compressors, Trillium says, while improved filtration will reduce oil carryover to the vehicles. “The upgrades will result in a more energy-efficient and cost-effective operation for HART.”

The HART fleet of nearly 200 buses includes 34 CNG buses, Trillium says, with an additional 25 CNG buses to be delivered in fiscal year 2017.

The very varied HART fleet

“CNG vehicles replace current diesel vehicles when each reaches the end of its effective life. It will take three years for the fleet of vans and 10 years for the fleet of buses to transition to CNG.”

Big Business in the Sunshine State

Trillium notes too that the pact with HART is the second agreement it’s entered into in Florida this year. The company is handling both two new CNG facilities for Miami-Dade, as well as the purchase of hundreds of New Flyer vehicles for the county’s bus fleet – a pact worth upwards of $300 million (F&F, February 12).

Trillium owns two public CNG stations in Florida, including one in Tampa, and operates three additional private stations in the state. Love’s Travel Stops, a national travel stop company with more than 420 locations in 40 states, has 13 locations in Florida.

Trillium CNG delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Combined, Love’s Travel Stops and Trillium own 65 public-access CNG facilities.

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

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