SARTA Unveils NEO's First Public CNG Station

*** For Immediate Release ***

SARTA Unveils Northern Ohio’s First Public CNG Station

CANTON, OH - On May 18th, SARTA invites the community to view their new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling Facility and a CNG vehicle display at their Gateway Facility including new SARTA CNG buses.  The event will feature Senator Sherrod Brown, Canton Mayor William J. Healy II, WHBC’s Ron Ponder and Dr. Jerry Hutton, Director of Gaseous Fuels Transportation Partnership.  A variety of different CNG vehicles including cars, trucks and buses will be on site to view as well as food, prizes and entertainment. 

WHEN: May 18, 2012; facility and bus tours starting at 3:00pm and program at 4:00pm

WHERE: SARTA, 1600 Gateway Blvd. SE, Canton; Parking and shuttle service is available at the Coleman Center at 1400 Sherrick Rd. SE, Canton.  No parking will be at SARTA.

WHAT: CNG Grand Opening of Public and Private Fueling Station and CNG vehicles

WHO: Senator Sherrod Brown; Canton Mayor William J. Healy II; Ron Ponder, WHBC; Dr. Jerrold L. Hutton, PhD, Director Gaseous Fuels Transportation Partnership; Kirt Conrad, Executive Director/CEO, SARTA; and many other community members 

CNG is currently being utilized across the country by transit and governmental agencies, private companies with large fleets as well as for personal use for new or converted CNG cars and trucks.  Over the next 2 years, SARTA will be switching 50% of their current fleet of buses to CNG starting with the first 6 CNG fixed route buses in May 2012.  This change will be cleaner and greener by reducing over 80% of emissions and a more affordable, domestic option that will save SARTA up to 40% a year on fueling costs while taking advantage of local fueling sources. 

In addition to new buses, SARTA has installed 2 new fueling dispensers at their Gateway Facility.  One will be used for SARTA buses and the other is for the general public.  This will be the first public fueling station in Ohio outside of the Columbus area.  The station will be open to the public 24/7 and can be utilized by private businesses, public partners as well as private individuals.  The current cost for CNG fuel is $2.35 per gallon equivalent; a significant savings over diesel or traditional gasoline.

For more information about CNG or the upcoming events please visit

Contact: Kirt Conrad 330-47-SARTA x 522 or Katherine Manning x 513