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Road rally to celebrate natural gas vehicles

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has announced two events for the Dallas-Fort Worth region to celebrate the benefits of natural gas vehicles.

NGVAmerica’s From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally will make its first stop in North Texas in November as part of a coast-to-coast series of events recognizing use of the fuel.

The Texas leg of this national tour is known as the Texas NGV Road Rally.

On Nov. 1, US Gain and Independence Fuel Systems will host an open house at its newest station in Dallas. Fleet managers and residents interested in natural gas vehicles are invited to attend to learn more about the benefits of the fuel and see vehicles up close.

The Texas NGV Road Rally, sponsored by the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, which also features stops in Houston and San Antonio, will culminate with a luncheon on Nov. 2 at the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Arlington offices.

The rally will highlight work done by transit agencies to embrace natural gas, NCTCOG said in a news release.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Trinity Metro both have shown growth in their fleets of compressed natural gas buses. DART has 614 CNG vehicles, while Trinity Metro maintains 180 CNG vehicles, according to the DFW Clean Cities 2017 Annual Report.

Last year, natural gas and other alternatives to traditional fuel helped the region save more than 23 million gallons of gasoline equivalent, according to a report of stakeholder progress published annually by the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition.

Vehicles powered by natural gas accounted for 20 million of those gallons, thanks to the commitment various regional transportation partners continue to show to natural gas, NCTCOG said. Public- and private-sector fleets also are contributing to the progress, including cities, counties, school districts and transit agencies.

DART saved the equivalent of 9.2 million gallons of gas, while Trinity Metro saved about 2.16 million gallons through the use of CNG, according to the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition report. Among private-sector entities, UPS reported saving over 4 million gallons through the use of 421 natural gas vehicles.

NCTCOG said as the region continues to pursue compliance with the federal government’s ozone standards, cleaner-burning alternatives to gasoline remain important. Nine counties are in nonattainment of the federal government’s most recent ozone standard.

To attend Road Rally register by Oct. 29 at: https://bit.ly/2yZyo5O

bit.ly/NCT-RoadRally

NCTCOG.org/trans

– FWBP Staff

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