Moul Bill Would Provide Grants to Transit Authorities That Convert to Compressed Natural Gas
4/6/2011

Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation to provide incentives that will facilitate the conversion of public transit vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG).  Moul’s legislation is part of “Marcellus Works,” a package of bills being put forth by several House Republicans to create jobs in the Commonwealth.

 

“House Bill 1084 would establish the Keystone Transit Program, which would offer competitive grants to small mass transit companies in Pennsylvania that convert their fleets to compressed natural gas or to offset the incremental cost of purchasing new buses that run on CNG,” said Moul.  “Under this legislation, $5 million would be transferred from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to the state Department of Environmental Protection to fund the grants. No tax dollars will be used to fund this program.

 

“Natural gas burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel,” said Moul.  “The use of CNG to fuel transit buses and fleet vehicles not only makes sense from an environmental standpoint, but it also makes sense from an economic standpoint.”

 

Moul’s legislation will create jobs and enhance the development of the infrastructure necessary to encourage widespread use of CNG in the Commonwealth.  HB 1084 would require mass transit authorities that receive Keystone Transit Program grants to build, maintain and operate natural gas fueling stations to support the buses that it purchases with the funds.

 

“We are fortunate to have the Marcellus Shale gas reserves covering most of our state,” said Moul.  “This good fortune means that, if managed properly, we will have an abundant supply of clean fuel for our public transportation systems, and when the infrastructure is in place, for our personal vehicles as well.  It is time to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to use the resources we have available to us.”

 

To see Moul’s comments following today’s Capitol news conference, go to RepMoul.com.


Contact: Donna Pinkham                                                                                             RepMoul.com

dpinkham@pahousegop.com                                                                                                    717.260.6452

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