KCATA Clocks 1 Million Gallons With CNG Station

Posted on: Jan 27, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 27, 2017) The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority reached a milestone this month: RideKC buses have used the equivalent of 1,000,000 diesel gallon equivalents (DGEs) of compressed natural gas (CNG) since starting to use the fuel in August 2014.

The move from diesel to CNG fuel is creating cost savings and environmental benefits. By reaching the milestone of 1,000,000 DGEs of CNG, KCATA reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1,870 metric tons. This is the equivalent of taking 395 passenger cars off the road for one year. KCATA estimates it has saved $1.2 million over the cost of diesel fuel since making the change.

“The decision to switch to compressed natural gas allows us to be even better stewards of taxpayer money and of the environment,” said President and CEO Robbie Makinen. “We will continue to add look at innovative fleet options to build on this success.”

KCATA has a partnership with Clean Energy Fuels, the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, to monitor and maintain the fueling station. At the time it was built, the CNG fueling station was the largest fast-fill station in Missouri and is still the largest in the Kansas City region. The station allows buses to be fueled in less than seven minutes.

The agency currently has 44 CNG buses in its fleet, and is adding 20 more arriving this year.  CNG vehicles have been phased in as older diesel buses were retired. 

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Fueling CNG bus 
A mechanic fueling a CNG vehicle at KCATA in May 2015.

A mechanic fueling a CNG vehicle at KCATA in May 2015.

CNG station partial 
Part of the CNG fueling station at KCATA.