Metro contracts with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. for CNG fuel upgrades

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a leading provider of natural gas for transportation in North America, has secured contracts totaling nearly $8.4 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to upgrade four of Metro’s compressed natural gas (CNG) bus fueling stations. Metro currently deploys America’s largest CNG-powered transit bus fleet. Metro’s 2,506 clean-burning CNG buses make up 95 percent of its overall fleet and consume more than 30 million gallons of CNG fuel annually.
Over the next 18 months, Clean Energy will reconfigure and upgrade the CNG fueling station compressor equipment at four Clean Energy-operated Metro fueling locations. Metro secured grant funding for its CNG station upgrade project from the federal program created by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Metro deploys buses on 191 fixed routes in a 1,433-square-mile service area in Los Angeles County. More than 9.6 million people– nearly one-third of California’s residents– live and work in L.A. County. In fiscal year 2009, passenger boardings of Metro buses totaled more than 365 million.
James N. Harger, Clean Energy’s chief marketing officer, said, “We are pleased to be selected for our expertise by Metro, the clear leader today among U.S. transit operators that are taking accelerated action to operate their bus fleets on clean-burning CNG power. Across America, Clean Energy is partnering with many major public transit agencies and their service providers to fuel over 5,000 buses and to help them implement and expand their clean-fuel programs.”

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