Friday, June 10, 2016

CNG Road Rally stops in Richmond

The CNG Road Rally "From Sea to Shining Sea" (you can follow it on Twitter at hashtag #seatoshiningsea and @CNG-Sea2ShiningSea), traveled from Long Beach, Calif., to Washington, D.C., from May 10 to June 10, 2016, entirely in vehicles powered by compressed natural gas.

The CNG fueling station on Maury Street was the 12th stop of the rally, sponsored by the American Public Gas Association and NGVAmerica. The rally's mission is to promote the benefits of natural gas vehicles and demonstrate availability of filling stations across the country.

The three cars in the rally traveled 3,144 miles. The City of Richmond has 110 CNG vehicles in operation, including refuse trucks. GRTC is updating its bus fleet to natural gas and the shuttle buses at Richmond International Airport run on natural gas. 

St. Catherine's School received the Innovation and Leadership Award for converting their bus fleet to natural gas and setting up their own on-site fueling station. The city's Energy Services Manager Mike Kearns participated in the rally and shared some of his experiences going cross country with Pat Riley, the general manager of Gibson County Tennessee Utility District. Other speakers included City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities Director Bob Steidel, Richmond Interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Operations John Buturla, Mike Bisogno, director of the Office of Fleet Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Nick D'Andrea, vice president for Government Relations at UPS, and Gary Parker, business development manager for Clean Energy Fuels.

DCAO John Buturla with staff from St. Catherine's School and their natural gas bus.

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