The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) closed out 2019 by joining two of its school district project partners in the grand opening events for their new CNG fueling stations in the South Coast region. For both stations, at least 50% of the natural gas dispensed must be renewable natural gas, helping reduce climate pollution and enhancing the diversity of the fuel supply.
In November, MSRC Contracts Administrator Cynthia Ravenstein was on-hand to participate in the Moreno Valley Unified School District’s ribbon cutting ceremony for its new CNG station. With the help of $200,000 in Clean Transportation Funding from the MSRC, the school district invested in the limited-access facility to support its fleet of nearly 30 CNG school buses.
In December, the Mountain View School District, located in the community of El Monte, opened a new limited-access CNG station. Ravenstein and Matt MacKenzie, MSRC Contracts Assistant, were there to celebrate the MSRC’s grant of $275,000 which helped fund the construction of the station.
School Board members and staff remarked that the new infrastructure will not only help clean the air but also save significant staff time resources since drivers used to have to take their buses to a distant fueling station. The new station will also mean the buses can receive a more complete fill and travel farther with students once they are fueled up.