Clean Energy, operator of the largest network of natural gas fueling stations in the U.S., brings a wealth of collective experience to CNG station design and construction. That experience was recently recognized by the awarding of a new-station contract by Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), which services communities in Portage County, Ohio.
PARTA has awarded Clean Energy a $2.8 million design and build contract for a station supporting the transit agency that will also be open to the general public. The agency will be purchasing eight new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses with assistance from the Ohio Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant and the Ohio Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, which are statewide programs to replace or refurbish ageing diesel engines.
“We’re excited about the addition of these buses and breaking ground on a new station,” said Claudia Amrhein, PARTA’s general manager. “We are excited to partner with Clean Energy and bring clean CNG buses to our riders.” This is the transit agency’s first venture with natural gas buses.
Commenting at the time funding for the new buses was approved, Amrhein said the environmentally-friendly nature of CNG fuels was what helped PARTA receive funding for its CNG-fueled buses.
“It means a great deal for PARTA and Portage County because CNG is a cleaner way to run buses,” she said. “That’s what allowed us to get funding. ”
Source: Clean Energy