Part of Love’s Family of Cos., Trillium, will help VIA transition more buses to clean-burning CNG.
A compressed natural gas (CNG) system is scheduled to be added to VIA Metropolitan Transit’s current fueling facility next year.
The San Antonio-based transit authority recently selected Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Cos., for the contract under which Trillium will design and build the CNG facility.
“It’s an honor to be selected to install another one of the country’s largest CNG stations,” said Bill Cashmareck, general manager of natural gas for Love’s. “Trillium CNG has a long history of providing solutions for transit agencies and an excellent track record of building CNG sites and ensuring they are always operating at peak efficiency. We look forward to helping VIA meet its goal of transitioning more buses to clean-burning, domestic CNG.”
VIA provides public transportation services to 13 cities in the Greater San Antonio Region and the unincorporated areas of Bexar County. VIA operates seven days a week on 90 routes and provided 41 million rides across the region in 2015. Ten CNG pumps will be added to VIA’s current private fueling facility on North Flores Street. The VIA Board of Trustees recently voted to replace the agency’s fleet with CNG-fueled vehicles. VIA has diversified its fleet further by integrating new, alternative power sources such as propane, electricity, and hybrid technology.
Construction on the new station is scheduled to begin this fall and open by late spring 2017. The facility will include seven 700-horsepower compressors, with a total flow rate of more than 85 gallons per minute.
Love’s Travel Stops operates more than 50 travel stops in the state of Texas, eight of which offer Love’s Fast-Fill CNG for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for motorists. Trillium operates an additional 13 public CNG fueling stations in the state.