The AFV market has exciting potential; specifically, compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses. Over the last five years, approximately 20% of all bus purchases have been CNG. Similarly, CNG fuel consumption increased 42% from 2003 to 2008, as reported by the American Public Transportation Association.
Public transit agencies are starting to follow in the footsteps of Los Angeles Metro, who retired their last diesel-powered bus in January, and WMATA, which fuels 460 CNG buses each night. With advances in technology and people who promote clean transportation, AFVs will continue to overpower and outperform traditional diesel-powered buses.
Read more about the increase in CNG-powered vehicles here.
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The APTA Annual Meeting is the most important annual event in the public transportation industry. Transit professionals from throughout the country will come to the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio to learn, network, discuss timely industry topics, and develop solutions to the industry's challenges.
Trillium will be participating in this year's Products and Services Showcase, as well as several of the meeting's informational sessions.
Visit Trillium at Booth 412 in Exhibit Hall A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to learn more about CNG fueling solutions for the transit industry. The Products and Services Showcase will be open Sunday, 6 - 8 PM, and Monday, 11:30 AM - 2 PM.
Find the complete meeting schedule for the APTA Annual Meeting here.
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The California Transit Association will be offering their Fall Webinar on September 28 at 10 AM PST. The webinar will cover all the details of AB 118 alternative fuel funding opportunities in the state of California.
Assembly Bill 118 (Nunez) was signed into law in October 2007 and provides approximately $200 million annually through 2015 for new alternative fuel and air quality incentive programs. Transit agencies that already operate alternative-fuel buses or plan to integrate alternative fuel technology into their fleets may qualify for funding under the AB 118 programs.
Scheduled presenters include Aleecia Macias from the California Energy Commission (CEC), discussing the agency's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, and Robert Meyer from the Employment Training Panel (ETP), covering the opportunities available for workforce training funding for alternative fuel projects.
AB 118: Funding Opportunities for Alternative-Fuel Advancements
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Storage vessels are designed to hold gas at high pressure after it leaves the compressors. Regardless of a CNG station's fueling pattern or dispensing system (slow-fill or fast-fill), gas storage systems can be extremely useful in reducing fill times and ensuring fuel availability at all times.
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New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) recently finalized a contract to purchase an additional 135 CNG buses with a purchase option for an additional 340 buses. As the largest transit agency in the country, MTA has served as an influential leader in the transition from diesel to CNG in the transit agency. MTA currently operates an extensive fleet of CNG buses under the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) and MTA Bus Company.
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