Trillium CNG to Provide CNG Services to Tampa, Florida
(HOUSTON, March 17, 2017) – The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), based in Tampa, Florida, has selected Love’s Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Companies, to provide complete operations and maintenance services on its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. Trillium will also complete a series of upgrades to the existing facility. Trillium was selected as the result of a competitive solicitation process.
“As the first transit agency in Florida to invest in CNG, we knew HART had serious long-term CNG goals that we felt we could meet,” said Bill Cashmareck, director of Trillium CNG. “We’re honored they would put their trust in Trillium’s preventative maintenance and operations services to help them continue with the transition, and we’re proud to offer that to HART and its riders.”
In 2014, HART became the first public transportation agency in Florida to convert from diesel fuel to CNG. The private CNG station uses four 300-horsepower IMW compressors. Trillium will replace three control panels and develop custom programming, allowing the station to better use available capacity. A new valve and control panel will reduce wear and tear on the compressors, and improved filtration will reduce oil carryover to the vehicles. The upgrades will result in a more energy-efficient and cost-effective operation for HART.
HART provides safe, innovative and cost-effective public transportation services that enhance the quality of life in Hillsborough County. Its fleet of nearly 200 buses covers 1,000 square miles (almost the size of Rhode Island). HART operates 34 CNG buses, with an additional 25 CNG buses to be delivered in fiscal year 2017, in addition to 39 HARTPlus vans, a service that provides transportation for people with disabilities, and eight HARTFlex vans, an on-demand van service within defined geographic zones of Hillsborough County. CNG vehicles replace current diesel vehicles when each reaches the end of its effective life. It will take three years for the fleet of vans and 10 years for the fleet of buses to transition to CNG.
“We are excited to be working with Trillium CNG to help us continue moving towards a more sustainable future,” said Katharine Eagan, HART CEO. “HART is proud to continue to meet the needs of our customers with a fleet of buses and vans that run on a cost-effective alternative fuel that is clean, safe, more efficient and American-produced.”
Trillium took over the operations and maintenance services for HART this month, and the upgrades are scheduled to begin in the coming weeks. This is the second agreement Trillium has entered into in Florida this year. Last month, Trillium announced the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners awarded the company a contract to design, build and maintain two new CNG facilities for the county’s bus fleet. Trillium owns two public CNG stations in Florida, including one at 4612 50th Street in Tampa, and operates three additional private stations in the state. Love’s Travel Stops, a national travel stop company with more than 420 locations in 40 states, has 13 locations in Florida.
About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 420 locations in 40 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 17,000 people. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.
About Trillium CNG
For more than 20 years Trillium CNG, part of the Love’s Family of Companies, has exceeded customer expectations by delivering superior quality, reliability and dependability at more than 150 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations nationwide. Trillium CNG specializes in designing, building, and operating CNG facilities, and provides 24/7 maintenance services for various types of professional fleets. Trillium CNG delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Combined, Love’s Travel Stops and Trillium own 65 public-access CNG facilities.