The push for alternative fuels is making some progress in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station that is part of a public private partnership. The deal will include 29 CNG stations.
With a 20-year public private partnership agreement with PennDOT, Trillium CNG will be building, financing and operating 29 CNG fueling stations at public transit agency sites. The deal is part of an $84.5 million statewide project.
Currently, the project will allow public access to CNG fueling stations at six transit agency sites. Options to add sites to the public could be made available in the future. The latest opening in Johnstown is open to the public, including trucks.
PennDOT has been guaranteed at least $2.1 million in royalties for each gallon of fuel sold to the public, approximately at 15 percent. Using a private company will speed up the building process and save the state about $46 million.
The public private partnership was created to provide fuel for public transit vehicles, although some locations will be open to the public. Once the project is completed, filling stations will provide fuel for more than 1,600 CNG PennDOT buses.
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