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LANTA Dedicates CNG Fueling Station

In ceremonies April 12, the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA), Allentown, PA, initiated service at one of 29 CNG fueling stations planned across Pennsylvania as part of an ongoing P3 with PennDOT and Trillium CNG.

“The project is the culmination of a very unique and innovative three-way partnership between LANTA, PennDOT and Trillium CNG, which allows LANTA to fuel our buses with a home-grown energy source which is cheaper, cleaner burning and, most importantly for budgeting purposes, more stable in price than diesel fuel,” said Executive Director Owen P. O’Neil.

Through the $84.5 million statewide P3 project, which began in Johnstown, PA, in 2016, Trillium is designing, building, financing and will operate and maintain CNG fueling stations at 29 public transit agency sites through a 20-year P3 agreement. Other stations will be constructed over the next five years, and Trillium is also making CNG-related upgrades to existing transit maintenance facilities.

LANTA currently operates 16 CNG buses and, as part of this project, will convert 76 buses to the fuel. The authority estimates saving more than $750,000 annually based on current diesel costs and its diesel usage of roughly 850,000 gallons per year.

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

LANTA Executive Director Owen P. O’Neil and Board Chairwoman Cordelia Miller, center, cut the ribbon dedicating the system’s CNG fueling facility in Allentown, PA.

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