Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Wolf Administration announced the formal opening of service at one of the 29 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations planned as part of a Public Private Partnership. Officials from PennDOT, Trillium CNG, and Lebanon Transit marked the start of fueling at the facility at 200 Willow Street, Lebanon.
"This innovative program is helping transit agencies save on fuel costs while allowing them to move to a cleaner burning fuel," Governor Wolf said. "These are important steps to helping us improve the quality of life across Pennsylvania."
Through the $84.5 million statewide P3 project, Trillium is designing, building, financing, and will operate and maintain CNG fueling stations at 29 public transit agency sites through a 20-year P3 agreement. Other stations will be constructed over the next several years, and Trillium is also making CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.
"Pennsylvania is now a leading producer of natural gas, and this initiative aims to take advantage of that new, cleaner burning fuel source," said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Jennie Granger. "PennDOT is excited to partner on this program that will bring benefits for the state, transit agencies, and the public for years to come."
Under the program, Lebanon Transit will convert eight buses to CNG. The authority estimates saving roughly $50,000 annually based on current diesel costs and their diesel usage of roughly 35,000 gallons per year.
PennDOT's overall P3 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 percent royalty, excluding taxes, 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.
To date, 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
- Beaver County Transit Agency
- Crawford Area Transportation Authority
- New Castle Area Transportation Authority, includes public fueling.
- Altoona Metro Transit
- Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Allentown Facility
- Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Gettysburg Facility
- Indiana County Transportation Authority, includes public fueling.
A list of other agencies participating in the P3 project, in order of construction-start timeline, follows:
- Butler Transportation Authority (2019)
- Erie Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2019), includes public fueling.
- Mercer County Regional Council of Governments (2019)
- Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation System (2019)
- Monroe County Transportation Authority (2019)
- Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Bradford Facility (2020)
- Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Johnsonburg Facility (2020)
- County of Lackawanna Transportation System (2020), includes public fueling.
- Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, DuBois Facility (2020)
- Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Easton Facility (2021)
- Luzerne County Transportation Authority (2021)
- Schuylkill Transportation System (2021)
- Transit Authority of Warren County (2021)
- Capital Area Transit
- Port Authority of Allegheny County
When the project is completed, the fueling stations will supply gas to more than 1,600 CNG buses at transit agencies across the state. To learn more about this and other P3 projects visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACT: Rich Kirkpatrick, 717-783-8800