Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) has entered in to an agreement with Consumers Energy to build and operate a public/private fueling station that will dispense CNG to vehicles. This station will be owned and operated by Consumers Energy and will service MTA’s fleet. It is an environmental mitigation project for Consumers Energy mandated by a 2014 consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice.
The MTA fleet will include 50 new natural gas vehicles arriving over the next 20 months. In addition to fulfilling MTA’s requirements for fueling, the station will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day for public use. The station will be built on-site at the MTA’s alternative fuel facility located at Dort and Maple roads in Grand Blanc.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the MTA to advance our alternative fuel program for current and future needs, while providing a benefit to area businesses and the public,” said Ed Benning, MTA General Manager and CEO.
The MTA currently operates other alternative fuel buses and plans to eliminate all diesel vehicles in its fleet. The MTA is approaching an 80% alternative fuel fleet.