Wozniak: New Transportation Initiative to Improve Access to Fuel, Improve Efficiency, Cut Costs

Johnstown Mar. 28, 2016 A public-private partnership to construct compressed natural gas fueling stations at 29 transit locations across Pennsylvania which will save an estimated $10 million annually in fuel costs was announced at a news conference in Johnstown today by PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, state Sen. John N. Wozniak (D-Cambria/Bedford/Clearfield) said.

This new initiative combines administrative efficiency with fuel economy to produce a win-win for taxpayers and travelers alike, Wozniak said. The new fueling stops at transit facilities across the state will promote access to compressed natural gas, spur utilization of the fuel and reduce administrative and operational costs.

Transit systems will be able to cut fuel costs and increase efficiencies in operations.

Wozniak said he is pleased that Sec. Richards made the announcement of the program in Johnstown. The plan was unveiled at the CamTran headquarters facility on Maple Street. By using the public-private partnership to build the stations, Wozniak said the state is able to save an estimated $46 million in capital costs.

There are many challenges in transportation today and we need to look at solving problems in unique ways, Wozniak said. Using a public-private partnership to provide ready access to fuel enables resources and dollars to be stretched.

The first of these fueling stations to be built will be in Johnstown.

Trillium CNG was selected for the fueling station project. The company will construct gas fueling stations at 29 transit agency stations. Seven sites will be available for public fueling, including the facility in Cambria County. The new fueling stations will be constructed over the next five years.

The CNG fueling stations are expected to serve more than 1600 buses statewide.

Wozniak serves as the Democratic chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Transportation Commission.