Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority celebrates opening of CNG station

November 29, 2018. About 60 people were on hand Wednesday as the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) celebrated the opening of its compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station, which it uses in some of its buses and makes available to the public. The station is located at 2000 Summit Road just east of Kent State University.

   With the addition of CNG on the site, PARTA general manager Claudia Amrhein said the agency now has two compressed natural gas buses and plans to buy eight more during the next several years. She encourages other fleet managers to consider converting as well.

   “The station is now open to the public, which makes it really possible for local fleet owners to consider converting to natural gas-powered vehicles,” she said.

   A variety of guests offered their congratulations to PARTA on opening the first CNG station in Portage County, including Jordan Pennell of Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office, who presented a certificate of thanks to PARTA.

   “We helped fund the garage, as well as the station, through our grant through Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ),” said Curtis Baker, executive director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study. “It being a public station is just a fantastic amenity for Portage County.”

   Others who spoke included Justin Ostry of Quasar Energy Group, Jenny Loveland of Valley Truck Centers, Charlie Ramer of NOPEC and Ken Nicholson of Clean Energy Fuels.