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One of DART’s new CNG buses by New Flyer-NABI. By yearend the agency will have 459 of them.

Clean Energy Serves 39 Transit agencies, that is, at 62 locations, and is phasing in its ‘Redeem’ brand renewable biomethane CNG too. —Page 6

Luxfer’s Better CNG Tanks Technology from an acquisition boosts performance. —Page 6

EnerDel Li for Allison Lithium ion batteries replacing factory nickel in hybrids. —Page 8

Westport for Paratransit CNG chassis can be used for agency work trucks too. —Page 9

Proterra and BYD 100% battery buses becoming a reality for transit  —Pages 10-11

Bauer Expands in Virginia CNG compressor maker adds space at U.S. headquarters. —Page 13

ANGI Supports Transit CNG fueling installation for 20-plus agencies in past 18 months alone. —Page 14

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Texas Agency Is Committed to CNG Buses “Our rapid transition to compressed natural gas fuel was transparent to our customers,” says Mike Hubbell, maintenance VP at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which expects by year-end to have upwards of 580 CNG buses in service. Four CNG stations by Clean Energy Fuels (Booth 3755), built at working DART facilities, opened simultaneously on October 1, 2012, Hubbell says. They have been increasingly busy fueling 123 Arboc

paratransit vehicles and a growing number of 40-foot transit vehicles by North American Bus Industries, now part of New Flyer. “By the end of this calendar year, all of the 459 NABI buses will be delivered and will be in service,” Hubbell told Fleets & Fuels on the eve of APTA Expo 2014. The NABI buses have G-Stor Pro brand Type III CNG tanks by Luxfer Gas Cylinders (Booth 3458), mounted and plumbed in roof-top assemblies

by Agility Fuel Systems (3465). The bottom line on CNG? “It has reduced our fuel expenses, both current and projected through 2020, by two thirds,” Hubbell says – $10 million to $12 million per year. DART retired the last of its LNG/liquefied natural gas buses at the end of last month. They too were supported by Clean Energy. New Flyer Industries is at Booth 4037 and Arboc Specialty Vehicles is at 3513.

BAE Hybrid for VTA New Flyer (Booth 4037) is showing an articulated bus for Santa Clara, Ca-based Valley Transit with a HybriDrive series hybrid electric driveline from BAE Systems. Separately, BAE (Booth 1436) has introduced a startstop system for 40-foot hybrid buses, with Boston’s MBTA as an early adopter.

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Dear APTA Expo 2014 Attendees On behalf of the many equipment and service suppliers of North America’s natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry, welcome to APTA Expo 2014 – we’re glad you’re here! Natural gas is clean, abundant, domestic and affordable. That’s why more than 125 transit agencies across North America have chosen to deploy natural gas buses, shuttles, demand response and service vehicles in their fleets – and the trend is growing. In fact, transit operations in nearly 20 cities and towns have joined the transition to natural gas since APTA’s last Expo in New Orleans. Over the last five years, approximately 25% of new buses ordered have been specified to run on natural gas. Today, more than 10,000 bus and shuttles run on CNG or LNG, accounting for

an annual displacement of nearly 150 million gallons of diesel and gasoline. And, the natural gas these vehicles use is produced right here in North America, which reduces reliance on foreign oil, creates jobs here at home, and contributes to local economies. It also eliminates millions of tons of emissions for healthier communities. We encourage you to learn about all the benefits of transitioning your fleet to natural gas by visiting the many NGVAmerica member suppliers located on the APTA Expo floor, including 34 in the NGV Zone, located in aisles 3400 through 3800.

We invite you too to stop by NGVAmerica’s own Booth 3561 where we’ll be glad to help you connect with resources on the latest in natural gas engine, vehicle and related fueling

technologies, and the variety of design, construction and operation services our members offer. Sincerely, Richard Kolodziej, President Rich Kolodziej is retiring after nearly 20 years at the holm at NGVAmerica.

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“We’re in the process,” says Doug Peck, maintenance support director with Houston Metro, explaining that the agency has ordered 50 CNG-fueled New Flyer buses for 2015 delivery beginning this coming spring – and 100 for 2016. The agency currently operates 438 hybrid electric buses and coaches, with both Allison and BAE Systems drives, out of an overall fleet of approximately 1,240. Those Greenlink CNG buses you see around the hotels and convention center? There are six, Peck says, operated by Houston Metro on behalf of a downtown business association.

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Clean Energy for 39 Agencies Pumps CNG at 62 Locations and Has Introduced Biomethane Clean Energy Fuels predicts strong growth in compressed natural gas for transit agencies, a sector that accounts for upwards of 40% of the company’s volume. Clean Energy (Booth 3755) already serves 39 agencies at 62 locations, says transit VP John Somers – supporting more than 7,300 buses. For Dallas Area Rapid Transit alone, Clean Energy maintains 23 of its IMW com-

pressors supporting 11 dispensers at four CNG fueling stations. “The whole industry is really changing its attitude toward natural gas,” Somers told Fleets & Fuels. “We’re saving them time and money,” he says. “People don’t want to deal with particulate filter traps. They don’t want to deal with urea” – necessities for modern diesel engines. Recent transit installations by Clean Energy include KCATA, the Kansas City

Area Transportation Authority, which has just opened the largest fast-fill compressed natural gas station in Missouri. IMW compressors there will eventually be able to handle more than 200 buses per night. Closer to APTA Expo, “This is going to be a big year for gas in Texas,” Somers says. “Houston is going gas,” he says, “as is San Antonia Via.” Clean Energy last year introduced its ‘Redeem’ brand renewable CNG, a fuel made predominately from landfill gas which is processed into biomethane and introduced into the regular gas grid. Customers, primarily in California, have opted for the super-low greenhouse gas product, with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the standout transit agency to-date. Clean Energy now has three in-house sources of landfill gas, including its McCommas Bluff facility in Dallas, and now gets product from 11 contracted landfills and a wastewater treatment plant, says Harrison Clay, president of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels. More contracts are in the works, and could be announced here at APTA Expo 2014. Natural gas, says VP Somers, “is clean, it’s inexpensive, and it’s a domestic fuel.” “It’s a no-brainer.”

Luxfer Claims the Best Type IIIs Aluminum liner technology acquired when Luxfer bought Canada- and Germany-based Dynetek Industries in late 2012 has allowed the firm to improve its G-Stor Pro brand Type III CNG cylinders for transit. Today they’re 20% lighter than the competition, says business development director Mark Lawday – even outdoing the all-composite Type IV plastic-lined tanks offered for transit. “What we did was combine their liner with our carbon fiber technology,” he says. The result? “We are the lightest cylinder out there in the 16-inch range.” Key customers include Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which is fielding 489 fullsize transit buses. They have roof-top fuel systems from Agility Fuel Systems (Booth 3465), with tanks from Luxfer. Luxfer this year introduced its own line of allcomposite Type IV G-Stor Go brand cylinders – large-diameter tanks aimed primarily at trucking customers. Luxfer is at Booth 3458.

Transpo Buying 16 CNG New Flyers South Bend, Ind.-based Transpo has received the first several of 16 compressed natural gas-fueled, 35-foot Xcelsior buses by New Flyer (Booth 4037). “We’re the first transit agency in the State of Indiana to take delivery of CNG-powered transit coaches,” general manager and CEO David Cangany told Fleets & Fuels. Transpo has commenced training and other preparations as the CNG vehicles will enter service late this year or early next. The agency is going out to bid for a public access CNG fueling facility in partnership with the City of South Bend, Cangany says. Transpo’s new CNG vehicles have 8.9-liter, sparkignition, dedicated-natural gas ISL G engines by Cummins Westport. They have Type IV all-composite carbon fiber CNG fuel cylinders by Hexagon Lincoln (Booth 3655). 6

Transpo agency talking the first deliveries of CNG buses in Indiana.

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Indiana’s EnerDel has entered a strategic relation- energy of the existing NiMH system,” EnerDel ship with Allison Transmission (Booth 3057) for says – improving the fuel economy of the AllisonEnerDel’s PP320-689-LP Vigor+ brand lithium drive hybrid vehicles. ion packs to be offered as a replacement for the EnerDel ( last month factory nickel metal hydride packs in transit buses inked a four-year pact with Oakland, Calif.with Allison’s parallel hybrid electric drivelines. based AC Transit to maintain and recondition “With EnerDel’s Vigor+ battery pack designed the lithium battery packs that have been in serto integrate with the Allison Hybrid H 40/50 EP vice with the agency’s hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet system, we’re pleased to have this relationship since 2010. expand the options available in the marketplace “Entering into a relationship with Allison furfor customers of the Allison Hybrid system,” said ther solidifies our position as the Lithium-ion Allison Transmission hybrid product line team’s ESS solutions provider of choice in the hybrid director Phil Bettner. bus market,” said EnerDel strategic applications King County required a complete ESS – director Ben Wrightsman. energy storage system – to fit into the footprint EnerDel employs lithium manganese of its current NiMH battery systems, EnerDel cobalt chemistry. explains. “A retrofitted solution needed to be virtually seamless, and have the ability to maintain established diagnostic reporting. EnerDel’s solution met and improved upon the direct replacement requirements.” The EnerDel lithium ESS is rated at 20 kilowatt hours, and so despite Seattle’s King County Metro is among the agencies moving to replace the weighing less, “delivers nickel metal hydride batteries from Panasonic on its Allison drive New Flyer over three times the rated hybrid buses with Vigor+ brand ESS/energy storage systems from EnerDel.

Vanner for ‘Full Electrification’ Vanner’s HBA brand hybrid beltless alternator.

Ohio-based Vanner, building on its HBA brand hybrid beltless alternators – solid-state, air-cooled devices that replace the belt-driven alternator on a hybrid bus – is promoting a Dual HBA configuration for “full electrification” at Booth 4400. The double design, with a high voltage distribution module, produces 600 amps at idle to 8

power a vehicle’s 24-volt system. The Vanner HVDM works as a “smart high voltage grid” for a hybrid or electric drive bus, says marketing VP Chris Collet. It produces 230-volt three-phase AC power, enough to run electric air conditioning, air compressor and power steering. “Full electrification for a heavy duty hybrid bus,” Collet told Fleets & Fuels: “Electrical energy management for all the right reasons.” Vanner developed the HBA with Gillig (Booth 4337), supplier of the bus with the 1,000th system to The Rapid in Michigan. Vanner describes the HBA as “an energyefficient solid-state DC conversion alternative to traditional mechanical-drive alternator systems that reduces maintenance, fuel consumption and emissions.”

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Westport for CNG Shuttles CNG New Flyer Artics for Long Beach Transit New Flyer Industries (Booth 4037) said in July that it will deliver its first CNG-fueled 60-foot Xcelsior buses for Long Beach Transit in the first quarter of 2015. The 13 big buses will have 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport and Type IV CNG fuel cylinders from Hexagon Lincoln (3655). New Flyer also said this past summer that it would henceforth use the common Xcelsior platform for all of its heavy duty and BRT vehicles.

Dallas-based Westport is promoting its Fordchassis compressed natural gas conversions, displaying a Ford Transit van with 3.7-liter V-6 engine outfitted as a 12-passenger shuttle bus, and an E-450 strip chassis with 6.8-liter V-10 engine, the platform for a variety of bus or truck configurations, at Booth 3759. Both are dedicated-CNG vehicles, meaning they operate 100% on natural gas. Their sparkignition engines are supplied as “gaseous-prep” by Ford, with hardened valves and seats suitable for natural gas operation. The E-450 has been certified by both the U.S. EPA and the California Air Resources Board. EPA certification for the Transit – a Ford model that’s new for 2015 – is pending, with CARB certification to follow, says Westport GM Paul Shaffer. Westport is a Ford QVM – Qualified Vehicle Modifier. Its CNG vehicles are available through Ford dealers and carry full Ford warranties.

CNG-fueled Ford E-450 chassis shuttle buses by Westport for DFW, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Westport last month completed the conversion to CNG of 40 new E-450 cutaway chassis shuttle buses for DFW, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The Starcraft-body vehicles have CNG fuel tanks from Luxfer (Booth 3458). Vancouver-based Westport acquired the Dallas operation known as BAF Technologies from Clean Energy Fuels (Booth 3755) in June 2013. At the time, BAF had converted more than 20,000 Ford vehicles to CNG. Westport is giving away six $100 Visa gift cards here this week.


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‘Transit Can Have a Zero-Emission Future’ Proterra Rolls Out Its Full-Size Battery Electric Transit Bus

CEO Ryan Popple of Proterra

“This is the beginning of something big,” says Ryan Popple. He’s the new CEO of Greenville, S.C.based Proterra (Booth 5037), which has recently shifted from 35-foot 100% pure battery electric transit buses to 40-foot vehicles more suitable to the transit market. Proterra’s strategy is to build lightweight buses with relatively small battery packs. Operators quick-charge the buses at regular in-route stops, allowing the vehicles to perform a full day’s work with minimal disruption. A “V2” Proterra bus is in Altoona trials now. “Transit,” says Popple, “can have a zero-emission future.” “This is an important conference for operators to seriously start considering electric transportation

for their fleets,” he says of APTA Expo 2014 in Houston. Proterra’s largest customer, Southern California’s Foothill Transit, is the lead customer for the new 40-foot model, having ordered two to supplement 15 of the 35-foot originals. Seattle King County Metro subsequently ordered two of the 40-foot Proterra buses, with options for as many as 200 more. “King County Metro’s willingness to adopt EV buses as a means to reduce emissions and fuel costs will help other agencies understand and perfect the deployment of EV transit vehicles,” said Popple. The V2 bus is 1,000 pounds lighter than the firm’s 35-footer, approximately 60 of which are either in-service or on-order,

Proterra has chosen Toshiba’s SCiB brand lithiumtitanate batteries for its next generation 40-foot all-electric transit buses.


Popple says. Proterra said last month that Japan’s Toshiba will supply SCiB brand lithium titanium battery modules for the new 40-footers. The second-generation V2 buses have motors and controllers from UQM Technologies, and a two-speed transmission developed with Eaton. Eaton (Booth 4201) also furnishes the high-power DC chargers used for in-route charging. The Toshiba batteries, designed to accept repeated fast charges, help make the Proterra in-route charging strategy possible. “With a rapid recharge capability and outstanding life performance, Toshiba’s SCiB battery is

ideally suited for zero-emission public transit,” said Toshiba International power electronics VP Greg Mack. Proterra has configured the 40-foot V2 with eight active liquid-cooled Toshiba SCiB modules affording 100 kilowatt-hours of energy storage. The Toshiba units, with BMS/battery management system designed and programmed by Proterra, is located in the bus undercarriage, improving centerof-gravity and vehicle handling and easing access for maintenance. “We are very deliberate in each part we select for our buses, putting vendors through a rigorous qualification process,” said Popple. “Battery quality is critical to the performance of electric vehicles,”

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he said. “SCiB technology will enable Proterra to offer its customers the highest-performance, safest, and most reliable urban transit vehicles.” Single-charge range is a “nominal” 50 miles, but Proterra prefers to state it at a conservative 30, Popple says – a figure operators can count on even if hauling a full load of 70 passengers, running air conditioning or heating, and doing so at the highway speeds necessitated for some suburban routes. With the two-speed Eaton gearbox, he says, “You get a tremendous amount of low-end torque for city driving [and hills], and shift to

highway speeds with high efficiency for suburban drive cycles.” The 40-foot Proterra V2 is priced at $825,000. Deliveries are to start this year or early next. Production of the existing 35-footer – Popple calls it the V1.5 – is now expected to extend into early 2015, he says, behind follow-on orders from existing operators. In addition to Foothill, Proterra transit customers include San Joaquin RTD in Stockton, Calif.; RTC in Reno, Via Metropolitan in San Antonio; StarMetro in Tallahassee; the City of Seneca, S.C.; Nashville MTA; TARC in Louisville, Ky; and Worcester RTA in Massachusetts. Proterra buses have logged nearly half a million miles.


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BYD to Break New Electric Bus Ground China’s BYD – it stands for Build Your Dreams – is unveiling the world’s first 100% pure battery electric articulated transit bus here this week, promising to bring all-electric propulsion to a new market sector – the 60-footer. Representatives of major transit agencies have already gotten a look at the vehicle, at BYD’s factory in Lancaster, Calif., where Rexhall RVs were formerly built, says VP Micheal Austin. BYD (Booth 5437) is meanwhile trumpeting “a 24-hour marathon ride” by a battery BYD bus operated by Southern California’s Antelope Valley Transit Authority. AVTA’s BYD bus looped from Rosamond to Palmdale a total of 18 times, the manufacturer says, logging “an astounding 746 miles in three shifts,” recording between 240 and 256 miles before stopping to recharge. “This is tremendous news and it

proves the BYD electric bus can be a transit workhorse like its diesel counterpart,” said agency chairman Norm Hickling. “We are looking forward to putting our electric buses into service on AVTA’s all-battery BYD bus logged 746 miles in one 24-hour period. local transit routes.” The desert “marathon” was the second test of the BYD bus. In late July, the vehicle was driven to Los Angeles to New Flyer (Booth 4037) reported earlier this year that an allpick up the consul general of the Chibattery bus developed with partners including the Manitoba nese Consulate who was scheduled to provincial government, Manitoba Hydro and Mitsubishi Heavy tour the BYD manufacturing facility Industries was successfully launched into shuttle service in Lancaster. in Winnipeg. After circulating downtown, the The shuttle service for Manitoba Hydro employees was electric bus “easily” climbed a freeway operated by Red River College, with Winnipeg Transit providgrade with an elevation change of nearly ing a depot for storage and servicing. The project included 4,000 feet, BYD says. The 92-mile trip in-route rapid charging, New Flyer said, with the bus stopping ended in Lancaster with 64% of the to recharge for four minutes after every hour of operation. battery charge remaining.

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Impco & RO for 80 in Las Vegas

RO Bus Sales co-owner Brian Edwards (left), GM Bobby Bracken and owner Joe Machin with one of the 80 paratransit buses the Las Vegas company converted to CNG operation for Las Vegas RTC.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada – aka Las Vegas RTC – is talking up delivery of 80 compressed natural gasfueled paratransit buses by a local dealer, RO Bus Sales. They are the first of 400 CNG buses to be delivered through 2017, assuming all options are exercised under a $7.67 million contract. “No one has ever up-fitted a paratransit vehicle this size (27-feet long) with this configuration and

fuel capacity,” said RO Bus GM Bobby Bracken. defueling ports “to allow one unit to refuel RO worked with Impco Automotive (Booth another, instead of sending a CNG fuel truck 3457) on the Ford E-450 chassis vehicles, which or towing the unit off its route,” RTC says, nothave 6.8-liter gaseous prep engines. The chas- ing that RO Bus added six full-time employees, sis were bodied by Glaval Bus (6051) in Indi- including a project planner, production foreman, ana, Bracken says, then driven on gasoline to installers and two service technicians. Union City, Ind., where Impco removed the gasoline tanks and “No one has ever up-fitted a paratransit installed the dedicated-CNG vehicle this size with this configuration fuel system with fuel cylinders and fuel capacity,” by Hexagon Lincoln (3655). “To meet RTC standards for fuel capacity equivalent to its 55-gallon gasoline tanks, RO worked with the bus manufacturer and CNG upfitter to configure two tanks vertically in rear compartments of the unit (a third tank is under the bus) to provide the required rear passenger exit,” said RTC. The result is a bus with a CNG capacity of 60 GGE – gasoline gallon equivalents. RO completed the vehicles in Las Vegas, installing such RTC-mandated equipment as methane detectors. The buses also feature

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Oxnard, Calif.-based CNG Cylinders International is promoting the industry’s largest Type III compressed natural gas fuel cylinders at Booth 3762. CNGci’s carbon fiber on aluminum tanks are available in diameters of up to 25 inches. The 100-inch-long version of the new 25-inch diameter tank has an internal volume of 631 liters, equating to 55 diesel gallon equivalents. CNGci makes the point that because its liners are aluminum, they better conduct the heat generated when fast-filling, allowing more gas to be put in the cylinder before maximum pressure is reached. The difference can be as much as 37% more actual fuel in the tank in a fastfill situation. CNGci manufactures the large forged seamless AL6061 aluminum liners for its CNG fuel cylinders in Oxnard, and does its own filament winding there as well. In addition to the Type III tanks, CNGci distributes Type I steel cylinders manufactured by Vitkovice in the Czech Republic, and Type II wire mesh-wound tanks from Virginia’s WireTough Cylinders, Inc.

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Bauer Compressors Is Expanding at HQ! Bauer Compressors, which offers CNG packages suitable for the smallest fleets or the largest transit bus applications, reports a major expansion at its U.S. headquarters in Norfolk, Va. The project includes an 18,000-square-foot addition to its fabrication facility, 13,000 square feet of new office space including a new training facility, and major upgrades to the existing systems assembly unit. “This investment is a testimony to Bauer’s commitment to utilize the latest in world-class, state-ofthe-art, high productivity manufacturing, assembly and testing facilities in support of our mission to provide our customers with the highest performing, highest quality pressure compression systems on the market at the best value,” the company says. For transit-scale demand, Bauer has introduced its C26 X-Fill series as a next-generation high-capacity CNG compressor – “engineered to achieve large capacity performance in an attractive and extremely quiet package,” the company says.

Additions to fabrication facility, office space, new training facility, and the existing systems assembly unit. The new unit spans the 125- to 175-horsepower range and features Bauer’s newest, high inlet, watercooled compressor. It is designed to operate reliably in –20°F to +120 °F climates, and can accommodate gas main inlet line pressures of one to 550 psi. The C26 X-Fill is also designed for ease of maintenance, with intervals of 2,000 to 4,000 hours between valve changeovers, 8,000 hours between ring changes – and 30,000 hours between major overhauls. “Bauer is committed to the philosophy that customer satisfaction is achieved through a strategy of continuous improvement using in-house research and development, engineering, manufacturing and life cycle support services,” the company says. Bauer is at Booth 3460.

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ANGI: Robust CNG Transit Activity Wisconsin-based ANGI Energy Systems, which was recently acquired by mainstream fuel dispenser leader Gilbarco VeederRoot, has delivered CNG fueling equipment to more than 20 transit locations over the the last 18 months. The jobs include upgrades to existing facilities and all-new CNG systems, says ANGI VP Jared Hightower. Most of ANGI’s transit business is done through partners including station integrators, station operators, and general contractors, he says: “ANGI’s primary focus is manufacturing equipment and systems for compressed natural gas fueling.” Among ANGI’s recent CNG fueling station equipment orders and deliveries:

CityBus – Lafayette, Ind. WAVE Transit – Wilmington, N.C. Montgomery County Transit Facilities – Rockville, Md. RTC Las Vegas – Nevada Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority – Ohio

CNG fueling facility for the Central Ohio Transit Authority, by ANGI Energy Systems.

St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission – Minnesota River Valley Transit – Williamsport, Pa. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) – Florida Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) – Missouri Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LAMTA) Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) – Florida

ANGI (Booth 3659) says it’s the largest supplier to the North American CNG market, and “recognizes CNG as a mainstream and viable fuel choice for transit fleets.”

CNG Gilligs for CityBus in Indiana Indiana’s Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corp is converting its CityBus fleet to compressed natural gas fuel, beginning with 11 vehicles. Six are forty-foot standards and an additional five smaller CNG transit buses will be added via an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) grant. The agency expects delivery of the six full-size buses from Gillig (Booth 4337) in March. It began taking bids on five body-onchassis paratransit vehicles last month, CityBus GM Marty Sennett told Fleets & Fuels. The Gillig buses will have 8.9-liter sparkignition ISL G engines from Cummins Westport and CNG fuel cylinder assemblies from Agility Fuel Systems (Booth 3465) with Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum tanks by Worthington/SCI (3867). The remaining CityBus vehicles will be replaced on an annual basis to gradually convert the entire 73-bus fleet to CNG. CityBus provides transit service to Lafayettearea residents and Purdue University students. Construction of a $3.2 million CNG fuel station for CityBus by the Indiana-based Energy Systems Group and TruStar Energy is to begin this year. It is expected to be operational by March. 14

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Upcoming Meetings

ACT Expo Comes to Texas

NGV Conference & Expo Next Month

No “fluff,” says NGVAmerica, as the organization gets ready to host the 2014 North American NGV Conference & Expo with the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance. The meeting will be held November 10-14 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo. NGVAmerica promises engaging educational sessions on natural gas vehicles, focused on real-world applications and practical advice. A 90,000-square-foot expo hall will feature the full spectrum of vehicles, components, equipment packagers, service providers, designengineering firms and program consultants. NGVAmerica is at Booth 3561.

APTA Looks Ahead

The 2015 Alternative Clean Transportation Conference & Exhibition will be held May 4-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. “More and more bus operators are choosing alternative fuels like natural gas, propane and even electricity to run their vehicles,” says Erik Neandross, CEO of ACT Expo organizer Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. “ACT Expo is the one event where you can evaluate them all, under one roof.” The meeting covers all alternative fuels, including electric vehicles and hybrids, and all vehicle weight classes. GNA expects more than 4,000 attendees. “We’re looking forward to seeing you in Dallas in May,” Neandross says. Abstracts for ACT Expo 2015 conference presentations are due December 5.

The American Public Transportation Association has scheduled its annual Board of Governors Business Meeting for January 26-28 in Palm Beach. Next year’s APTA Bus & Paratransit conference will be held May 3-6, in Fort Worth.

APTA’s annual meeting for 2015 will be in San Francisco October 4-7. The next triennial APTA Expo and Annual Meeting has been scheduled for October 8-11, 2017, in Atlanta. APTA is at Booth 7440 here.


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