|Description||Transportation – Infrastructure
Sustainable Solutions/Clean Fuels
|Client/Owner||Jacksonville Transportation Authority|
Ben Moore, AICP, LEED AP O+M, GPCP
Compressed Natural Gas Infrastructure
Under a general engineering consultant (GEC) contract, RS&H is assisting the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) with the conversion from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG). Over a five year period, JTA will add up to 100 CNG transit buses to its fleet, displacing at least 40 percent of its diesel fuel. As a result, JTA will save money, reduce pollution, and enhance transit services. The project includes developing CNG infrastructure, modifying fueling and maintenance facilities, constructing a public-access fuel station, and procuring new buses.
RS&H and its subconsultant assisted JTA with defining the business case for CNG conversion. We facilitated an industry forum in which JTA, other transit agencies, and industry professionals exchanged information. RS&H conducted interviews with gas suppliers, permitting authorities, and industry leaders to define project parameters. Leveraging its relationships with other agencies experienced with CNG, RS&H helped JTA evaluate the scope of services, project delivery methods, and best management practices.
RS&H developed a performance specification for construction of a compressor station, modifications to existing fuel dispensers and maintenance buildings, design of a public-access fueling station, and procurement of CNG buses. RS&H also worked with JTA and legal advisors to develop an innovative design-build-lease-concession delivery model. It will allow JTA to transition to CNG at no up-front cost via a long-term fuel purchase agreement. RS&H worked with JTA’s team to draft a Request for Proposals, hold pre-proposal meetings, respond to proposer questions, and prepare addenda.
RS&H continues to support JTA with evaluation of technical and price proposals, contract negotiations, and project quality assurance. RS&H’s years of experience serving as owner’s representative are helping to guide JTA through its first public-private partnership project. The result is a landmark enhancement of JTA’s transit service expected to slash air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while cutting fuel expenditures by about $4 million annually.