The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch a few days ago announced that four teams will be invited to submit proposals for a program to develop compressed natural gas fueling stations at public transit agencies around the state that would also be available for use by the public.
The teams, which are Clean Energy, GP Strategies, Spire and Trillium CNG, were scored and selected based on criteria including their financial capability to carry out the project; their background and experience in managing comparable projects; and, each team’s understanding of the project.
“With Pennsylvania now a leading natural gas producer, this project creates opportunities for transit providers and the public to have better access to this fuel for vehicle operations,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “This project will help the people of Pennsylvania realize the benefits this resource is delivering.”
PennDOT expects proposals will be required to be submitted by summer, with an award to be made in late summer or early fall. The selected private partner will design, build, finance, operate and maintain CNG filling stations at up to 37 transit facilities. Each fueling site must provide access to compressed natural gas for public transit and other vehicles.
The project was approved by the state’s P3 Board on Sept. 29 and PennDOT hosted an industry forum to educate potential, private-sector stakeholders on the scope and requirements.