The Butler Transit Authority will receive $2.4 million to build a compressed natural gas fueling station in western Pennsylvania.
The money is part of a $60 million grant from the federal Clean Fuels Grant Program.
The funding will be used for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) retrofits to the Authority’s transit center.
The Authority will install infrastructure for a natural gas fueling station to operate CNG vehicles. The fueling station will be the first public CNG station in central Butler County. It will be available to the Authority’s buses, Butler Area Rural Transit (BART) vehicles as well as other commercial and private vehicles.
The retrofits to the Authority’s current transit facility, as well as the construction of the CNG facility, tie in with the Authority’s commitment to purchase four 45 foot CNG coach buses which will be used for commuter service to Pittsburgh as well as six 30-foot transit buses for the Authority’s fixed route service in Butler.
The Authority is one of only three agencies in Pennsylvania to receive funding from the 2012 Clean Fuels Grant. The transition to CNG will help the Authority lead the way to clean energy in Butler County, improving air quality and reducing emissions. The tentative completion date for the CNG fueling station is set for 2014.