TxDOT announces pilot program using natural gas in its trucks

​The Texas Department of Transportation announced a pilot program today in Irving that will have TxDOT trucks switching from gasoline to natural gas. At the Clean Energy Fuel Station on Briery Road, TxDOT officials unveiled four brand new trucks that will use compressed natural gas. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has been tapped to provide the natural gas to TxDOT. The California-based company already has 530 fleet customers in the United States and Canada.

The goal of the pilot program is to reduce fuel costs and improve the state’s air quality. Since natural gas is about a $1 cheaper to use, TxDOT will save money while reducing pollution.

“We’ll have the largest fleet using the state’s largest resource,” said Bill Meadows, Texas Transportation Commissioner.

James Ramsey, business development manager for Clean Energy’s Regional Office in Dallas, said the company has been refurbishing its 15 area natural gas stations. The Irving station just underwent a $1 million upgrade.

“It’s a win-win program,” said Margaret Keliher, executive director of Texas Business for Clean Air. The program is using a Texas product, produced by Texas employees, to help clean up Texas air and help the Texas economy.

The TxDOT fleet numbers about 10,000 vehicles. Once the pilot has concluded, TxDOT will evaluate the success of the program and determine if additional natural gas vehicles will be purchased.

This article was first published by DallasNews.com.

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