TruStar Energy and Energy Systems Group (ESG) have announced the contract award to design and build a large transit fast-fill natural gas station for Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation, also known as CityBus, which provides transit service to local residents and Purdue University students. The $3.2 million project is part of CityBus’ long-term plan to convert its entire fleet to NGVs. Construction of the facility will begin this year and it is expected to be operational by March 2015.
As part of the project being developed by TruStar and ESG, which is a subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, CityBus will initially purchase eleven new CNG buses. Six are 40-foot standards and other five smaller transit buses will be added via an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) grant. Buses will be replaced on an annual basis to gradually convert the entire 73-bus fleet to natural gas.
“We’re very excited to continue building CNG infrastructure here in Indiana,” said TruStar Energy Sales VP, Scott Edelbach, who added, “ESG has been a great partner for TruStar Energy as well as the residents of Indiana in helping to bring domestic CNG fueling to those interested in migrating away from foreign fuel.”
“The emergence of CNG as an alternative fuel, combined with new natural gas engine technology, has resulted in the opportunity to take advantage of considerable fuel and vehicle acquisition cost savings for CityBus,” added Mark Falahee, ESG business development manager.
Source: TruStar Energy/ Vectren Corp.