Utah Transit Authority Opens New CNG Transit Bus Fueling Facility
As part of its mission to improve air quality, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has opened a new CNG fueling facility for its expanding fleet of CNG buses. The CNG bus fueling facility and its buses are part of UTA’s continuing effort to improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Today, UTA has 47 CNG buses at its Central Bus Division and plans to add dozens more CNG buses by the end of 2016. UTA is in the process of replacing all of its older diesel buses with CNG buses as they retire from service.
The CNG bus fueling facility has two bays for CNG fueling and can fuel up to 250 CNG buses. CNG fueling started Dec. 7 and the building will be fully utilized after construction is complete by late 2016. Much of the funding used to build the facility and compressor station comes from federal grant funding. The project is the first phase of a UTA effort to expand and modernize its 50-year-old downtown bus facility to support increased bus service.