The City of Commerce, California, has opened what is described as a critical link supporting LNG and CNG fuelling infrastructure along a busy thoroughfare and in an industrialized region of Eastern Los Angeles County. The station is located at the intersection of Interstates 5 and 710 and at the entrance to two of the largest intermodal rail yards in the nation. Prime location and 24/7 public access will allow the station to play a key role in the continued development of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC)–the most successful planned clean fuel corridor in the United States.
The ICTC operates with the goal of fostering alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure development linking Los Angeles, the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City along highways I-80, I-5 (Santa Ana), CA-99, I-10 and I-15.
The station will provide reliable LNG and CNG fueling for the City’s CNG transit fleet, LNG port trucks, natural gas powered refuse vehicles, and other private and municipal natural gas fleet vehicles operating throughout the region. 1,000 new LNG trucks are currently being deployed in the nearby Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
According to the Request for Proposal (RFP) for station construction, the station equipment includes one public W&M (weights and measures) LNG dispenser with provision for a second and two two-hose CNG dispensers, one public, and one private.
The RFP notes also state the City of Commerce is currently using approximately 74,065 GGE of CNG for transit buses and vans. It operates seven CNG powered 35’ transit buses, four CNG powered para-transit vans and one CNG powered Ford truck. These vehicles have until now been fueled outside the City.
The City estimates BNSF (formerly known as the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway) yard tractors will use approximately 58,500 gallons of LNG annually.