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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - The York/Adams County Transportation Authority(Rabbittransit) will soon have a brand new Compressed Natural Gas fueling station.  PennDOT announced today that it has selected Trillium CNG to build compressed natural gas fueling stations at 29 transportation authority sites around the state, including systems that service, Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, Berks, York and Adams counties.

Trillium will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the CNG fueling stations at a cost of $84 million, through a 20-year Public-Private Project(P3) agreement. Stations will be constructed over the next five years and the firm will also make CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.

As part of Trillium’s proposal, CNG fueling will be accessible to the public at seven transit agency sites, with the option to add to additional sites in the future. PennDOT will receive a 15 percent royalty, excluding taxes, for each gallon of fuel sold to the public, which will be used to support the cost of the project. The team has guaranteed at least $2.1 million in royalties over the term of the agreement.

PennDOT also expects transit agencies and the department to see significant savings due to the project. Based on current CNG, diesel and gasoline prices as well as fuel usage, agencies can save a total of more than $10 million annually. Due to these expected savings, transit agencies’ sustainability is increased and dependency on state operational subsidies is reduced. After 10 years, the department estimates that the project will pay for itself with the estimated $100 million in savings.

Using the P3 procurement mechanism allows PennDOT to install the fueling stations faster than if a traditional procurement mechanism was used for each site, resulting in significant estimated capital cost savings of more than $46 million.

When the project is completed, the fueling stations will supply gas to more than 1,600 CNG buses at transit agencies across the state.

A list of agencies participating in the P3 project, in order of construction-start timeline, follows:

  • Cambria County Transportation Authority, Johnstown Facility (2016), includes public fueling.
  • Centre Area Transportation Authority (2016)
  • York Adams County Transportation Authority, York Facility (2016), includes public fueling.
  • Mid Mon Valley Transportation Authority (2017)
  • Cambria County Transportation Authority, Ebensburg Facility (2017)
  • Indiana County Transportation Authority (2017), includes public fueling.
  • Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Allentown Facility (2017)
  • Westmoreland County Transportation Authority (2017)
  • County of Lackawanna Transportation System (2017), includes public fueling.
  • New Castle Area Transportation Authority (2017), includes public fueling.
  • Altoona Metro Transit (2017)
  • Beaver County Transportation Authority (2017), includes public fueling.
  • Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Easton Facility (2017)
  • York Adams County Transportation Authority, Gettysburg Facility (2017)
  • Luzerne County Transportation Authority (2017)
  • Crawford Area Transportation Authority (2017)
  • Erie Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2018), includes public fueling.
  • County of Lebanon Transportation Authority (2018)
  • Schuylkill Transportation System (2018)
  • Monroe County Transportation Authority (2019)
  • Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Bradford Facility (2019)
  • Area Transportation Authority of North Central PA, Johnsonburg Facility (2019)
  • Butler Transportation Authority (2019)
  • Mercer County Regional Council of Governments (2019)
  • Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation System (2019)
  • DuBois, Falls Creek, Sandy Township Joint Transportation Authority (2020)
  • Transit Authority of Warren County (2021)
  • Capital Area Transit (2021)
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County (2021)