The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is mobilizing more than $700,000 to help municipal fleets convert vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The organization's jurisdiction includes Duval (Jacksonville), Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties.
The TPO, which administers the activities of the North Florida Clean Cities Coalition, has been responsible for deploying federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program funds for the past three years. This new round of funding will support an 18-month initiative.
The organization notes that the initiative is focused on CNG because of the fuel's ‘applicability to the types of vehicles in municipal fleets.’ However, the TPO is taking a pilot-program approach to the CNG initiative, saying it intends to ‘evaluate opportunities for other alternatives, including biofuels, propane and electric vehicles.’
For more information, click HERE or call the TPO's transportation planning manager, Wanda Forrest, at (904) 306-7514.