A $160,545 grant agreement will bring 11 new compressed natural-gas-powered public vehicles into the county.
The grant, between the county and the state Department of Environmental Protection, includes two transit vehicles for the Centre County Office of Transportation and nine curbside collection trucks for the Recycling and Refuse Authority, Planning and Community Development planner Sue Hannegan said. This brings the total number of CNG vehicles purchased over the years through this grant program to 42.
All 11 vehicles will be new to the county, not previously owned vehicles that will be converted, Hannigan said. They will join the numerous other CNG-powered vehicles in the county, including several Penn State-owned vehicles and the CATA bus fleet.
Recycling and Refuse Authority Executive Director Ted Onufrak said the nine curbside collection trucks are expected to be delivered in the next month or two and will replace trucks already in use.
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Onufrak also said the CNG fueling station at the authority may not be complete until the beginning of next year. The biggest holdup has been with West Penn Power, he said, which has been unable so far to provide the electricity needed to power the site.