February 18, 2021. The city of Albuquerque is extending its clean-air commitment by adding a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station by alternative fuel industry leader Trillium to refuel its buses. The new station marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between the city and Trillium.

After Albuquerque evaluated its needs for clean public transit, they turned to Houston-based Trillium for the design and installation of a turn-key CNG system.

The new station marks the start of a 20-year partnership between Trillium and Albuquerque, where Trillium will build and maintain a station that serves the city’s CNG bus fleet. Albuquerque first began purchasing CNG buses in 1997. The new CNG station will replace a more than 20-year-old station.

“In 1997, the alternative fueling landscape had less offerings than it does today,” said Danny Holcomb, Transit Director for Albuquerque. “Currently, the city of Albuquerque is still determining what the fueling source of its fleet will be in the coming years and thankfully we will have the infrastructure in place if the decision to pursue all or some CNG buses is made.”

Albuquerque’s fleet currently has 41 CNG buses, but the station could service up to 101 CNG buses by 2032. If the city chooses to increase their fleet even further, Trillium’s design allows for an additional CNG compressor to accommodate expansions.

“We are excited to support the city of Albuquerque in their transition toward a more sustainable public transportation network,” said JP Fjeld-Hansen, vice president of Trillium. “Trillium’s hard-working team will be sure to provide residents with a green commute for the next 20 years.”

This will be the second CNG station in New Mexico for Love’s Travel Stops, the parent company of Trillium. Its existing station, located on Interstate 40 at exit 149, serves heavy-duty transit customers on the westside of Albuquerque. Construction of the new station will begin in October.