Oklahoma-based Trillium CNG has finalized an agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to design, build and maintain 29 new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel stations, following the signing of a contract in April.
“This is an unprecedented project that will supply CNG to more than 1,600 buses at transit agencies across Pennsylvania,” said Bill Cashmareck, general manager of natural gas for Love’s, the owner of Trillium. “PennDOT has led the way in proving how valuable public-private partnerships can be. We hope other states use this model so Trillium can help lower the cost of other transit facilities nationwide. With Trillium’s deep expertise in constructing and maintaining facilities, we can assure Customers they will receive continued reliable service.”
Seven of the 29 facilities will be open to the public, serving the motoring public as well as as well as light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks; and there is the option to add additional sites in the future. The fueling stations will be strategically placed throughout the state to give fleets and motorists convenient access to more CNG locations. The agreement also includes CNG-related updates to existing transit maintenance and storage facilities.
Construction on the first three facilities will begin later this year and are expected to open early next year. Stations at the Cambria County Transit Authority in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in York, Pennsylvania, will serve the transit authorities’ fleets of public transit buses, as well as the motoring public. The Centre Area Transportation Authority facility in State College, Pennsylvania, is for private use by its bus fleet. All locations will be constructed over the next five years.
Love’s Travel Stops operates five travel stops in Pennsylvania, while Trillium operates three CNG facilities in the commonwealth. Trillium has developed several other sites in Pennsylvania that are now operated by third parties.