Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representatives joined officials from Trillium CNG, Beaver County Transit Agency and local officials in Beaver County last Friday to mark opening of a public-private Compressed Natural Gas refueling facility in the city of Aliquippa. The Public Private Partnership (P3), part of an $84.5 million statewide P3 project, has now completed 7 CNG stations.
“This P3 CNG program will make our transit agencies more efficient, saving resources and helping our environment,” Pennsylvania Governor TomWolf said of the opening. The Aliquippa station is the latest of 29 CNG fueling stations planned as part of a Public Private Partnership with Trillium CNG which will operate and maintain all the stations through the 20-year P3 agreement.
Other stations will be constructed over the next five years, and Trillium is also making CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.
As part of the conversion in Beaver County, the transit agency will convert 23 diesel buses and 28 paratransit buses to CNG.
The authority estimates saving more than $400,000 annually based on current diesel costs and their diesel and gas usage of roughly 450,000 gallons per year.
PennDOT’s overall P3 project includes CNG fueling accessible to the public at six transit agency sites, with the option to add to sites in the future. PennDOT will receive a 15 percent royalty, excluding taxes, for each gallon of fuel sold to the public at public sites, which will be used to support the cost of the project. Using the P3 procurement mechanism allows PennDOT to install the fueling stations faster than if a traditional procurement mechanism were used for each site, resulting in significant estimated capital cost savings of more than $46 million.
When the project is completed, the fueling stations will supply gas to more than 1,600 CNG buses at transit agencies across the state.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
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