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On Wednesday, Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.), a public utility serving the State of Nebraska, announced it will provide natural gas to a new public CNG station in Omaha, Nebraska, that will serve trucks and other fleet vehicles. The location of the new station will help develop fleets in west Omaha and nearby metro areas. It will add a strategic link for the Interstate 80 and Interstate 29 corridors that improves availability in the growing regional network of CNG stations. The station is being constructed, owned and operated by Trillium CNG. The “truck-friendly” station will have multiple truck lanes and a separate lane for light and medium duty vehicles. Werner Enterprises, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, plans to fuel 10 new CNG tractors and two CNG tractors already in use at the new station, which is near its Omaha headquarters. “It is our goal as a trucking and logistics company to continue to explore natural gas technologies, and access to more CNG stations will help propel us as an industry toward the future of natural gas equipment,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice-president of Fleet Resources for Werner Enterprises. The facility is expected to be operational by late summer 2014.

Adjacent to the new station, Truck Center Companies (TCC) plans to build Nebraska’s first natural gas-compliant truck dealership and service center, which will provide sales and service of heavy-duty CNG trucks as well as conversions of light and medium duty vehicles. The 15,000 sq.-ft. facility will include six service bays available to commercial and non-commercial alternative-fueled vehicles. Truck Center Companies is one of the largest Freightliner dealers in the U.S. with 12 locations in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. TCC recently added an alternative fuels division, TCC Fuel Solutions, to provide products and service to fleets adopting alternative fuel vehicles.