Natural Gas Bill Would Save Money, Improve Air Quality, Says Moul

Adams County lawmaker sponsors bill to provide grants for small transit authorities

HARRISBURG -- This morning, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee advanced another bill sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) to promote wider use of natural gas in Pennsylvania. 

House Bill 302 creates the Keystone Transit Program to provide grants to small mass transit agencies, such as the Adams County Transit Authority, for the conversion of fleet buses to cleaner burning compressed natural gas (CNG),” said Moul.  “My bill would authorize the transfer $5 million from the Gross Receipts Tax to the Department of Environmental Protection to finance grants for small mass transit authorities, defined as those not exceeding 245,000 revenue vehicle hours in two consecutive years.”  

The grants would be used toward the cost of purchasing or converting buses to CNG. The grants would be capped at $50,000 for vehicles with a gross weight rating at, or exceeding, 26,000 pounds, and $25,000 for smaller buses.  Buses with a rating of 14,000 pounds or less would be ineligible.

Grant recipients must contract with private firms, using private capital, to construct and operate fueling stations. Priority will be given to applicants providing public access to fueling stations.

To see Moul’s comments following today’s committee action, go to:

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Donna Pinkham
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