Port Huron, MI (PressExposure) March 05, 2013 -- Blue Water Area Transit is opening three new fueling stations for compressed natural gas this year. The new stations are in Marine City, Capac, and Port Huron, and are in addition to the fueling station at BWAT's Port Huron headquarters at 2021 Lapeer Avenue.
"We expect the Marine City station to open in March, followed by the Capac station in April, and the Port Huron station in July," says Dave Frasier, BWAT director of maintenance and procurement.
The Marine City station is located in the 500 block of Parker Road (M-29) in front of the Department of Public Works. The Capac station is located at Downey Road (Old M-21) and Capac Road, near Allenton Collision in Mussey Township. The third station is located on Hancock Street near Cawood Auto in Port Huron.
"These new stations support our effort to coordinate and consolidate non-profit transportation programs throughout the county," says Jim Wilson, BWAT general manager. "The stations will also increase our efficiency in servicing our buses while they travel along routes."
All three stations will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with fuel available for $2.05 per gasoline gallon equivalent. BWAT accepts Discover, Master Card, and VISA at its fueling stations.
The American-made refueling stations are by Mansfield Gas Equipment Systems Corp., based in Gainesville, Georgia. They include video surveillance monitoring and a technical "call out" feature that will notify a BWAT CNG specialist if any problems arise.
"Expanding our commitment to earth-friendly methods with American-made equipment is a wonderful use of federal dollars," according to Linda Bruckner, Blue Water Area Transportation Commission Board vice chair and Fort Gratiot Township trustee.
Funds for the project come from a $891,000 federal grant from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program and $222,750 in State matching funds. CMAQ funding is for transportation projects that contribute air quality improvements or provide congestion relief. The project will also benefit from tax incentives.
Compressed natural gas is a low-emission American-made alternative fuel that saves money, promotes a clean environment by reducing carbon emissions, and reduces our nation's dependence on foreign oil.