The city of Albuquerque is extending its clean-air commitment by adding a new natural gas station, which will be designed, built and maintained by Houston-based Trillium, to refuel its bus fleet. The new turn-key CNG station marks the beginning of a 20-year partnership between the city and Trillium, which operates over 200 CNG stations across the country.
Albuquerque first began purchasing CNG buses in 1997. The city’s fleet currently has 41 CNG buses, but the station could service up to 101 NGVs by 2032. If the city chooses to increase their fleet even further, Trillium’s design allows for an additional CNG compressor to accommodate expansions. Construction of the new facility will begin in October.
“In 1997, the alternative fueling landscape had less offerings than it does today,” said Danny Holcomb, transit director for Albuquerque. “Currently, the city of Albuquerque is still determining what the fueling source of its fleet will be in the coming years and thankfully we will have the infrastructure in place if the decision to pursue all or some CNG buses is made.”
“We are excited to support the city of Albuquerque in their transition toward a more sustainable public transportation network,” said JP Fjeld-Hansen, vice president of Trillium. “Trillium’s hard-working team will be sure to provide residents with a green commute for the next 20 years.”
This will be the second CNG station in New Mexico for Love’s Travel Stops, the parent company of Trillium. Its existing station, located on Interstate 40 at exit 149, serves heavy-duty transit customers on the westside of Albuquerque.