Trillium, one of the nation’s leading providers of alternative fuels systems and renewable fuels, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and New Castle Transit Authority (NCTA) celebrated the opening of the commonwealth’s newest compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in New Castle, Pennsylvania, today. State Sen. Elder Vogel and state Rep. Chris Sainato also attended the station’s ribbon cutting.
The facility is the third of six new public CNG fueling stations Trillium is designing, building and maintaining for numerous transit authorities in Pennsylvania as part of a public-private partnership (P-3) contract PennDOT awarded to the company in 2016. The P-3 project will provide CNG to more than 1,600 buses at transit agencies across Pennsylvania, including 11 at the New Castle location. The agreement also brings 23 additional private CNG facilities to the commonwealth.
“The New Castle Transit Authority is thrilled to be part of the P-3 program that will provide our authority and the public with access to a more cost-effective and cleaner burning fuel,” said David Richards, general manager for NCTA.
The station, located at 311 Mahoning Avenue in New Castle, is open 24/7 and features three CNG dispensers. It will primarily serve NCTA’s fleet of CNG buses, but it’s also open to the public, including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks. During the ribbon cutting, officials demonstrated the ease of fueling with a truck provided by Columbia Gas.
“It’s been two years since Trillium and PennDOT entered the agreement to bring more CNG stations to transit authorities and drivers in Pennsylvania, and it’s great to see the hard work paying off,” Carson Hoyt, general manager of design-build services for Trillium, said at the ribbon cutting. “Together, we’re offering a clean fuel derived from an abundant local resource, and we’re giving consumers another option. It’s a real win-win for Pennsylvania.”
Larson Design Group of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is assisting with the construction of the locations. The next public facility at Indiana County Transit Authority is scheduled to open this fall. Additional public facilities are scheduled to open at transit authorities across Pennsylvania in Lackawanna and Erie Counties in later phases of the project.