Los Angeles World Airports to Build Private/Public CNG Fueling Station at Ontario International Airport
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fuel Station at Ontario International Airport (ONT). The public will also have access to the on-airport station which will be close to local streets, highways and freeways, and open 24 hours a day.
ONT currently has a fleet of 45 Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV), 14 of which are CNG vehicles. ONT could potentially acquire 18 more CNG vehicles (replacement or new), mainly light-duty trucks. The airport’s growing fleet needs convenient and efficient refueling capability on-site since its existing AFV’s use private, off-airport fueling stations.
These remote locations, ranging from two to ten miles from the airport, are inconvenient for ONT AFV users and are often unavailable without notice. The proposed station, to be located on the north side of the airport, will also service existing and future needs of commercial ground transportation vehicles such as taxis and shared ride vans.
This is a progressive move for ONT, which is in keeping with LAWA’s “green airport” program. LAWA is committed to projects that reduce air emissions in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area including San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Since passenger traffic at ONT is growing steadily, along with the area’s population growth, timely initiation of the program is essential.—Jess Romo, ONT’s manager
ONT is located in the City of Ontario, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It is one of four airports owned and operated by LAWA, a Los Angeles City department that oversees an airport system in the nation’s second largest metropolitan area. The other airports owned and operated by LAWA are Los Angeles International, Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys.