The grand opening and sparkling cider toast for Oregon’s largest compressed natural gas fueling station will be held from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Wednesday, December 5 at Rogue Valley Transportation District, 3200 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford.
Dan Kirschner, executive director of Northwest Natural Gas Association in West Linn, Ore., will talk about Southern Oregon as a CNG leader. Tim D’Alessandro, RVTD operations manager, will describe how the station works, the cost savings and benefits of cleaner air. Senior Field Representative Troy Ferguson will talk about Congressman Greg Walden’s support for RVTD’s pioneering use of domestic fuel in 15 of its 23 buses since 1994.
The event will feature a CNG-fueled Crater Lake Trolley that hauls visitors on ranger-guided tours of Crater Lake National Park, Rogue Disposal and Recycling’s CNG waste truck, Jackson County’s new CNG Chevy cargo van, a CNG Honda Civic from Lithia and an RVTD CNG-powered bus. CNG drivers are enjoying a fuel price of $1.41 per gallon, compared to about $3.35 for regular gas.
RVTD received a CMAQ grant and other funding to rebuild its 18-year-old facility, one of two public CNG stations in Oregon. The other is located at Jackson County Motor Pool, 808 W. Main Street, Medford. The grand opening is also sponsored by Avista Utilities and Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition. Parking is available in the RVTD lot on Ford Drive off of Crater Lake Avenue. For information, visit the website, www.roguevalleycleancities.org, send an email to melissa@roguevalleycleancities or call 541-779-0569.