Title: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Facility System
Sponsor: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA)
Estimated Total Cost: $4,000,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: OSUCC
History/Background: In November 2012, the Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced the creation of an Ohio Statewide Urban Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program. The intent of the program is to more quickly advance eligible projects that improve air quality, reduce congestion, and eliminate delay/improve safety, in addition to utilizing statewide CMAQ funding in the year funds are allocated. Selection of projects is in accordance with the policy established by the Ohio Statewide Urban Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Committee.
As of December, 2013, the GCRTA Bus Fleet included 453, diesel buses. The GCRTA Board of Trustees has approved the replacement of diesel powered buses with CNG powered buses. The current Bus Improvement Plan calls for the current diesel fueled buses to be replaced by CNG fueled buses. In November 2013, the GCRTA awarded a contract to purchase 60 CNG buses with an option to purchase up to 180 additional CNG buses.
Current Conditions: The GCRTA Hayden Bus Facility, located in East Cleveland, is a facility that supports maintenance and indoor storage for approximately 200 buses. Functional areas include a 16-bay maintenance shop, body shop, parts storage area, three-lane fueling, interior cleaning bus washers with water reclaim system, and chassis wash area. The original CNG facility at the Hayden Bus Facility had been decommissioned when the previous CNG bus fleet was retired in 2006.
Proposed Project: This project involves the replacement of GCRTA’s Hayden Bus Facility’s CNG System with the installation of three CNG fueling dispensers within the interior fueling bay of the Hayden Facility and all safety upgrades and systems to safely fuel the CNG fueled buses. The CNG Facility will be capable of fueling 120 CNG fueled buses with the site and equipment layout compatible with the future expansion to fuel 180 CNG fueled buses. The sponsor reports that the project will consist of components and accessories as necessary to provide a complete and functional CNG Facility. The project shall take into consideration CNG industry best practices related to the layout, configuration, controls, operations, and maintenance of a CNG Facility.
The estimated cost of construction is $4,000,000. The sponsor is requesting eighty percent ($3,200,000) of the construction cost to be funded with CMAQ funds. The sponsor will provide the twenty percent ($800,000) matching funds. The local match will come from the GCRTA Development Fund which is funded with contributions from its sales tax revenue and from the sale of bonds.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goal #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):