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COTA and City of Columbus Partner to Build CNG Fueling Station

02/03/2017

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COLUMBUS, OH—The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and the City of Columbus are
partnering to build a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station located at 1400 McKinley
Avenue, adjacent to COTA’s McKinley bus operations and maintenance facility. The fueling station
will service City of Columbus vehicles, with additional access available to the public. It will share
compression infrastructure with COTA’s existing CNG fueling station, built in 2013.
The station will include four fueling dispensers with eight hoses, and will primarily be used to fuel
larger City of Columbus vehicles housed at a maintenance facility on McKinley Avenue. Construction
is expected to begin in March and be completed by the end of the year.
“This project is an excellent example of a public-public partnership,” said W. Curtis Stitt, COTA
President/CEO. “COTA and the City are working together to maximize public resources by sharing
the infrastructure needed to build and operate this CNG fueling station.”
The COTA Board of Trustees authorized a contract with R.W. Setterlin Building Company on Jan. 25
for the construction of the station. The City of Columbus will reimburse COTA for the costs of design
and construction of the station. The entities will share the cost of a canopy and right-of-way work. The
projected cost of the station, including engineering, construction management and inspection fees, is
$3.5 million.
COTA began phasing diesel-powered vehicles out of its fleet in 2013, and all new buses acquired are
powered by CNG. COTA now operates 122 buses and five support vehicles powered by CNG. The
transition of the entire fleet is expected to be complete by 2025. This commitment, based on both
environmental and economic factors, will result in air quality improvements in central Ohio and a
substantial reduction in fuel costs.

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