TruStar Celebrates Opening of CNG Station for Indiana’s CityBus
TruStar Energy in conjunction with Energy Systems Group (ESG) announced the grand opening of a large fast-fill CNG fuel station for Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (CityBus). Located in Lafayette, Indiana, CityBus provides transit service to local residents and Purdue University students.
CityBus currently runs a total of 10 CNG buses, six that operate on their regular routes and four additional buses dedicated to paratransit customers. The majority of CityBus customers are college students, and studies conducted by both Ball State and Purdue indicated that CNG would provide the best benefits for CityBus and its riders.
“Cost and efficiency drove the decision,” following an evaluation of fuel sources, expense, environmental impact and ridership, says CityBus general manager Martin Sennett. “We considered the cost of the different fuel options, cost of the buses and the emissions levels and determined CNG was the best option.”
The CityBus station is the second project that TruStar Energy teamed up with Energy Systems Group (ESG), an energy services provider for government, education, healthcare, commercial and industrial entities. According to ESG Business Development Manager Mark Falahee, CityBus plans on gradually converting their 73-bus fleet to CNG as part of their annual replacement schedule.