New York Metro Begins Construction on Natural Gas Fueling Station
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced that Metro, in conjunction with Trillium CNG, has begun construction on a high capacity fast fill CNG fueling station at Metro’s Frontier Bus Garage in New York.
The $5.9 million facility will encompass one and a half acres and feature two 250-hp compressors, producing 700 standard cubic feet per minute that will serve four fuel dispensers. A twin tower dryer, control building, electric motor and control distribution wiring and control system are also part of the project. The functionality of the station will more than cover Metro’s needs for the immediate future, but the facility can be expanded to meet future demands.
“This is an exciting project for the future development of Metro services, as we embark down the road of providing high-end, environmentally efficient CNG buses for our customers in the Buffalo Niagara region,” said Thomas George, NFTA director of public transit.
Metro has ordered 44 full-size buses from Nova Bus that will run on CNG. The first 20 are due later this year, and will begin transporting passengers at that time, with the remainder to follow in 2016. These new buses will replace the oldest diesel buses currently in use. Metro has also ordered 10 CNG paratransit vans from Shepard Brothers, which will be used to transport customers with special needs. The PAL vans will begin service this fall. NFTA received $575,112 in funding from the Federal Transit Administration.
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