Tom Wolf Administration announced the start of service at one of the 29 CNG fueling stations planned as part of a Public Private Partnership. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) representatives joined officials from Trillium CNG, Westmoreland County Transit Agency, and local officials in Westmoreland County to mark the start of fueling in Greensburg, PA. “This P3 CNG program continues to move forward and will make use of a Pennsylvania-generated fuel resource,” Governor Wolf said.
As part of the conversion in Westmoreland County, the transit agency will convert 25 diesel buses and 16 paratransit buses to CNG. The authority estimates saving more than $400,000 annually based on current diesel costs and their diesel and gas usage of roughly 415,000 gallons per year.
Through the $84.5 million statewide P3 project, Trillium is designing, building, financing, and will operate and maintain CNG stations at 29 public transit agency sites through a 20-year P3 agreement. Other stations will be constructed over the next five years. The overall 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% royalty 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 fuel to more than 1,600 CNG buses at transit agencies across the state.
Stations have opened at: Cambria County Transportation Authority, Johnstown Facility, includes public fueling; Mid Mon Valley Transportation Authority; Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, York Facility, includes public fueling; Cambria County Transportation Authority, Ebensburg Facility; Westmoreland County Transportation Authority; Centre Area Transportation Authority; and Beaver County Transit Agency.