Pasco County Schools and its partners recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Florida’s first school district owned and operated fast-fill CNG station. The new station will accommodate the 65 CNG buses the district will have by the end of the 2017-18 school year.
“We are proud of how far we have come in just a few short years,” said School Board Chairman Altman. “We couldn’t have done it without great partnerships and the talented, dedicated staff of our Construction Services, Transportation Services, and Planning departments.”
At the ribbon cutting local and state officials were joined by CEO of Integral Energy and Clearwater Gas Managing Director and Executive Officer Chuck Warrington in celebrating the milestone. Guests were able to watch the first CNG buses being filled with gas and tour the processing plant. The CNG station is capable of filling a bus in three minutes and dispensing more than 10,500 GGEs per day.
In addition to the filling station, the district also is opening a new bus compound at the site in Odessa. Student enrollment projections add an average of 1,000 students per year over the next 10 years district-wide. Like the filling station, the garage is state-of-the-art and specially designed to service the CNG buses. It is scheduled to be fully operational by July and will accommodate up to 90 buses.