The Central Arkansas Transit Authority in Little Rock, known as Rock Region Metro, has selected Love’s Trillium CNG to continue providing complete maintenance services on its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The agreement strengthens the transit agency’s capacity to manage and grow its fleet of CNG buses.
Love’s Trillium was originally selected in 2014 to design, build, operate and maintain a new CNG fueling station to fuel their bus fleet and will continue as sole supplier of CNG station operations and maintenance for Rock Region METRO. The agreement is for a three-year term with options for up to five. The private station can fuel up to 75 CNG buses daily.
The agency, which introduced 15 CNG buses to its fleet in summer 2015, plans to replace its remaining 43 diesel-fueled buses with CNG buses by the end of 2025. Earlier this month Rock Region METRO was granted $1,653,498 in Federal Transit Administration funds to put toward the purchase of seven compressed natural gas buses and an educational diagnostic center for agency mechanics.
The grant provides a 85 percent funding match for two 40-foot CNG buses ($485,033 each, with grant monies funding $412,278 and METRO funding $72,755 per bus), two 35-foot CNG buses ($479,108 each, with grant monies funding $407,246 and METRO funding $71,868 per bus) and an educational diagnostic center that teaches mechanics how to identify CNG bus mechanical problems more efficiently ($18,063, with grant monies funding $14,450 and METRO funding $3,613 of the center’s cost). The agency has ordered seven CNG buses that are expected to arrive in Summer 2017. The new buses replace seven 12-year-old 40-foot Gillig buses.
Love’s Travel Stops offers Fast-Fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for motorists at a West Memphis, Arkansas location.
(Sources: Love’s Travel Stops and Rock Region Metro)