In the U.S. State of Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf has opened the third of 29 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations planned as part of a Public Private Partnership (P3). Through the $84.5 million statewide P3 project, Trillium CNG will design, build, finance, operate and maintain all 29 CNG fueling stations at public transit agency sites through a 20-year P3 agreement.
The third station, at Donora, was made possible with nearly $4.3 million in federal funds, more than $525,000 in state investments and $150,000 in local funds. The CNG component will help the goal of gaining LEED Silver certification, as will upgrades such as geothermal heating and cooling and electrical improvements.
The balance of stations will be constructed over the next five years and Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Companies, is also making CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) representatives joined officials from Trillium CNG, the Mid-Mon Valley Transportation Authority (MMVTA), and state and local officials in Donora today to mark opening of the facility. The event also celebrated the opening of the authority’s new operational facility made possible by federal, state and local investments.
As part of development in Donora, the MMVTA will convert 24 buses and five paratransit buses to CNG, adding to their existing eight CNG buses. The authority estimates saving more than $150,000 annually based on current diesel costs and their diesel usage of roughly 185,000 gallons per year.
The CNG improvements will boost MMVTA’s efficiency and improved operations brought by the new, energy efficient facility that renovated a former steel-mill building into a facility for bus storage, light bus maintenance, administrative activities and vehicle dispatching, as well as a passenger waiting area and a park and ride lot.
PennDOT’s overall P3 project includes CNG fueling accessible to the public at six transit agency sites, with the option to add to additional 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 was 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.
A list of transportation authorities (TA), transportation systems (TS) and other agencies participating in the P3 project, in order of construction-start timeline, follows:
|Cambria County TA, Johnstown Facility (2017) *||Mercer County Regional Council of Governments (2019)|
|Central Pennsylvania TA, York Facility (2017) *||Fayette Area Coordinated TS (2019)|
|Mid Mon Valley TA (2017)||Monroe County TA (2019)|
|Cambria County TA, Ebensburg Facility (2017)||Area TA of North Central PA, Bradford Facility (2019)|
|Westmoreland County TA (2017)||Area TA of North Central PA, Johnsonburg Facility (2019)|
|Centre Area TA (2017)||2020|
|Beaver County TA (2017)||DuBois, Falls Creek, Sandy Township Joint TA (2020)|
|Crawford Area TA (2017)||2021|
|New Castle Area TA (2017) *||Lehigh and Northampton TA, Easton Facility (2021)|
|Lehigh and Northampton TA, Allentown Facility (2017)||Luzerne County TA (2021)|
|County of Lebanon TA (2017)||Schuylkill TS (2021)|
|Altoona Metro Transit (2017)||Transit Authority of Warren County (2021)|
|Central Pennsylvania TA, Gettysburg Facility (2017)||Capital Area Transit (2021)|
|2018||Port Authority of Allegheny County (2021)|
|Butler TA (2018)|
|Indiana County TA (2018) *|
|County of Lackawanna TS (2018) *|
|Erie Metropolitan TA (2018) *|
(Source: Government of Pennsylvania)