Trillium to Build CNG Stations for GRTC

Trillium CNG

CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2013 Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is the design, build and operations contractor for a high-volume, fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) station project for GRTC Transit System at its bus base in Richmond, Va. GRTC, Richmond’s public transit service, is replacing all of its bus fleet – 152 buses – from diesel to natural gas, and 78 paratransit vehicles from gasoline to natural gas as vehicles are retired from the fleet.

The station design is focused on high performance fueling and energy efficient operations. It will feature Trillium’s patented HY-C technology which dispenses CNG at a rate similar to diesel using a hydraulic compressor. Trillium’s smart control system will manage the CNG station to ensure optimal and efficient use of the compression equipment. The smart control system can result in savings up to 30 percent on power costs while maintaining fast fuel rates.
“We specialize in fueling public transit bus fleets economically, quickly and efficiently, ” said Mary Boettcher, president of Trillium CNG. “Our CNG stations feature technologically superior and patented equipment. We’re glad to bring this fueling solution to GRTC for the benefit of the citizens of Richmond and the surrounding area GRTC serves.”
Engineering and permitting for the station is under way. Construction is scheduled to begin in late September and be completed by early spring. The station will be constructed of American-made equipment in compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation’s Buy America provisions.
“Compressed natural gas fueling is a first for GRTC and we’re excited to get started,” said Eldridge F. Coles, CEO, GRTC Transit System. “Fueling our vehicles with CNG instead of diesel helps reduce our operating expenses while also improving air quality and reducing noise pollution in the Richmond region.”


About GRTC Transit

Operating in Richmond, Va since 1860, GRTC was the first transit company to use electric trolleys in the United States. It is the primary mass transit carrier in the Richmond region. In 1973, the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County purchased the transit company from a private owner and made it a non-profit public service corporation on April 12, 1973. GRTC operates an active fleet made up of 152 transit vehicles, 78 CARE and C-Van vehicles. In 2013, GRTC started replacing retired buses and vans with compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles. THe geographical region in which GRTC operates consists of 40 routes and over 9 million annual passenger rides. RideFinders, the ride share division of the transit system, provides assistance to a database of over 7,000 registrants and 105 van pools. For more information, visit

About Trillium CNG

Trillium CNG is a leading provider of CNG to fleets, and also offers complete facility design, construction, operation and maintenance services. Our focus is on fueling heavy-duty fleets that require high-performance solutions. For more information, visit the Trillium Homepage.