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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

PARTA Opens Natural Gas Filling Station in Portage County

From the Record-Courier:
With Ohio’s status as “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas,” it only makes sense for some expansion of infrastructure to make it available to area motorists, said CNG-One’s Michael Battaglia. 
About 60 people were on hand Wednesday as PARTA celebrated just that — the opening of its compressed natural gas filling station, which it uses in some of its buses and makes available to the public. The station is located at 2000 Summit Road just east of Kent State University. 
With the addition of CNG on the site, PARTA General Manager Claudia Amrhein said the agency now has two compressed natural gas buses and plans to buy eight more during the next several years. She encourages other fleet managers to consider converting as well. 
“The station is now open to the public, which makes it really possible for local fleet owners to consider converting to natural gas-powered vehicles,” she said. 
According to Battaglia, several area fleet managers are weighing whether to make the transition, which one should not do lightly. CNG-One converts vehicles running on regular gas to compressed natural gas vehicles.
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