Arlington, Texas – Natural gas is a viable alternative to gasoline and continues to contribute to the region’s efforts to rely on more sustainable, environmentally friendly forms of fuel.
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. Public- and private-sector fleets are contributing to the progress, including cities, counties, school districts and transit agencies.
One national group has noticed North Texas’ embrace of natural gas. NGVAmerica’s From Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally will make its first stop in North Texas next month as part of a coast-to-coast series of events recognizing this abundant 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.
Register by Oct. 29 at www.eventbrite.com/e/texas-road-rally-october-30-to-november-2-2018-tickets-50714430226
to attend either North Texas event. Additionally, the 2018 Lone Star NGV Awards will be presented at each stop.
The rally will highlight work done by transit agencies to embrace natural gas. 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.
The savings are mounting, too. 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 report. Among private-sector entities, UPS reported saving over 4 million gallons through the use of 421 natural gas vehicles.
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.
Natural gas stations are being built across the region and are part of the Alternative Fuel Corridors established by the law reauthorizing the federal transportation system. The Federal Highway Administration’s goal in establishing these corridors is to provide vehicle owners the confidence to be able to travel longer distances.
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development.
NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 240 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts.
For more information on the Transportation Department, visit NCTCOG.org/trans
About the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance:
Formerly the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance’s mission is to develop and expand natural gas transportation markets, technology, and refueling stations in the State of Texas using industry initiatives, government programs, energy education, safety awareness, environmental advocacy and community relations. Members include utilities, public and private fleets, and CNG and LNG industry leaders. The TXNGVA hosts bi-monthly member meetings, educational workshops, and first responder awareness trainings throughout the State of Texas. For more information, visit our website at www.texasngvalliance.com
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