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County, school district agree to CNG partnership

Johnson County is doing its part to increase the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The Board of County Commissioners approved a proposal at its Jan. 7 meeting to enter into a joint use agreement with Olathe Public Schools for the county's CNG refueling station.

“Johnson County is excited to add the Olathe School District as a partner in our efforts to utilize alternative fuels in transportation” said Johnson County Director of Fleet Services Chris Butler. “In addition to benefiting the school district, the partnership allows the county to increase fuel production, which improves the return on the investment made in CNG fueling infrastructure. We really do see this as a win-win scenario for both agencies”

The agreement includes plans for the school district to use the station to refill up to 30 CNG-powered school buses.

“We are excited that Johnson County has agreed to partner with us on this project,” said Olathe Public Schools Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations John Hutchison. “This partnership will allow us to transition to a more economic and environmentally friendly student transportation model."

The county also uses the CNG station for vehicles from the Public Works, Transit and Wastewater departments, and City of Olathe trash services.

All revenues collected from the sale of CNG will be placed into the county’s fleet fund for reimbursement of money spent on natural gas and to offset overhead costs associated with the operation of Johnson County-owned fuel systems.

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