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COTA teams up with Columbus for CNG station

The Central Ohio Transit Authority and the City of Columbus are partnering to build a compressed natural gas fueling station adjacent to a COTA bus operations and maintenance facility.

The fueling station, which will primarily serve larger City of Columbus vehicles, will share compression infrastructure with COTA’s existing CNG fueling station.  Public access will be available.

“This project is an excellent example of a public-public partnership,” said COTA president/CEO W. Curtis Stitt in a statement. “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 City of Columbus will reimburse COTA for the design and construction costs, and the agencies will share the cost of a canopy and right-of-way work. The projected cost of the station is $4.3 million. Construction is expected to begin in March and be completed by the end of the year.

COTA began phasing out diesel-powered vehicles in 2013, and all new buses are powered by CNG.

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