On September 29, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) issued a press release announcing that the Pennsylvania Public-Private Partnership (“P3″) Board approved a project seeking a private partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain compressed natural gas (“CNG”) filling stations at as many as 37 transit facilities throughout the state. According to PennDOT, the CNG filling stations must be designed to provide CNG for public transportation vehicles as well as for private parties with CNG vehicles. Once the fueling stations are build and operating, PennDOT will retain an unspecified portion of the fuel sales revenue for use in future capital projects. The rest of the fuel sales revenue will presumably go directly to the private partner.
The press release indicates that PennDOT will soon issue a Request for Qualifications to solicit interested parties and that PennDOT expects to invite qualified teams to submit proposals as early as next year, with a project team selection coming as early as summer 2015. Additional information regarding the P3 CNG Fueling Station Project is available at Pennsylvania’s P3 website.