The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded HART a $2.3 million grant to fund a compressed natural gas fueling station and modifications to an existing HART maintenance facility for vans and buses.
The design and construction would take place in 2012 with the compressed natural gas fueling station scheduled for operation in 2013.
Natural gas costs about 20 to 25 percent less than diesel fuel, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority chief executive Philip Hale said. He said the award was the first step for HART to eventually transform its fleet to compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles, beginning with HART's van pool.
HART's project is one of 46 nationwide to share in $112 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration's Clean Fuels and Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction grant programs.