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JTA Breaks Ground for CNG Facility

The Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority broke ground March 31 for a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility, which will include a public access station where other CNG customers can refuel their vehicles.

JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. cited the environmental and financial benefits of CNG. "When construction is completed at the end of this year, CNG will have a major impact on how the JTA does business, how the authority contributes to the sustainability of Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region and on JTAÕs finances because of the tremendous savings we will experience over time by using CNG instead of diesel," he said.

"This project helps elevate Jacksonville's position as a leader in the natural gas revolution that's transforming our energy landscape," said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, who attended the ceremony. "By investing in better transportation options, weÕre investing in a better, more prosperous community."

JTA awarded the $8.1 million contract for the CNG project to Clean Energy Fuels Corp.--the agency's first public-private partnership. Clean Energy will design, build, operate and maintain the project during the 15-year agreement. JTA will replace 100 diesel buses with CNG buses over the next five years, many of them for use on the 55-mile First Coast Flyer BRT system now under construction.

 

Breaking ground for JTA’s CNG fueling facility, from left: Lisa Darnall, JTA vice president of transit operations; Peter Grace, senior vice president, Clean Energy; JTA Board Chairman Scott L. McCaleb; Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown; JTA Vice Chairman Isaiah Rumlin; JTA Director Ari Jolly; Jeff Sheffield, executive director, North Florida Transportation Planning Organization; JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. and Jacksonville Councilman Jim Love.

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