Governor Wolf Announces Opening of Another Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Under Public Private Partnership
June 15, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the opening of the latest of 29 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations planned as part of a Public Private Partnership.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) representatives joined officials from Trillium CNG, rabbittrasnit and local officials in York to mark opening of the facility at 415 Zarfoss Drive.
“This P3 CNG program will make our transit agencies more efficient, saving resources and heling our environment,” Governor Wolf said of the opening. “I’m pleased that with this station, we now have two CNG facilities in York the public can access.”
Through the $84.5 million statewide P3 project, Trillium will design, build, finance, operate and maintain CNG fueling stations at 29 public transit agency sites through a 20-year P3 agreement. Other stations will be constructed over the next five years, and Trillium is also making CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.
As part of the conversion in York, rabbitransit will convert 54 diesel buses and 33 paratransit buses to CNG, adding to their existing single CNG bus. The authority estimates saving more than $500,000 annually based on current diesel costs and their diesel and gas usage of roughly 700,000 gallons per year.
In addition to the transit bus fueling, the York station will be open to the public 24/7.
PennDOT’s overall P3 project includes CNG fueling accessible to the public at six transit agency sites, with the option to add to 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 were 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. To learn more about this and other P3 projects visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov.
Station have already opened at:
- Cambria County Transportation Authority, Johnstown Facility), includes public fueling.
- Mid Mon Valley Transportation Authority)
A list of other agencies participating in the P3 project, in order of construction-start timeline, follows:
- Cambria County Transportation Authority, Ebensburg Facility (2017)
- Westmoreland County Transportation Authority (2017)
- Centre Area Transportation Authority (2017)
- Beaver County Transportation Authority (2017)
- Crawford Area Transportation Authority (2017)
- New Castle Area Transportation Authority (2017), includes public fueling.
- Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Allentown Facility (2017)
- County of Lebanon Transportation Authority (2017)
- Altoona Metro Transit (2017)
- Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Gettysburg Facility (2017)
- Butler Transportation Authority (2018)
- Indiana County Transportation Authority (2018), includes public fueling.
- County of Lackawanna Transportation System (2018), includes public fueling.
- Erie Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2018), includes public fueling.
- Mercer County Regional Council of Governments (2019)
- Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation System (2019)
- Monroe County Transportation Authority (2019)
- Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Bradford Facility (2019)
- Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Johnsonburg Facility (2019)
- DuBois, Falls Creek, Sandy Township Joint Transportation Authority (2020)
- Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Easton Facility (2021)
- Luzerne County Transportation Authority (2021)
- Schuylkill Transportation System (2021)
- Transit Authority of Warren County (2021)
- Capital Area Transit (2021)
- Port Authority of Allegheny County (2021)