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YOLO COUNTY INTRODUCES NATURAL GAS-POWERED BUSES

 WOODLAND, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In a cooperative drive for cleaner air, Yolo County Transit Authority (YCTA) and its local natural gas utility will join to dedicate a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Woodland and Yolobus' four new CNG buses. Gemini Engine Company is the prime contractor for the CNG compression, storage, and delivery systems.
 California State Assembly member Tom Hannigan will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which will be held on Friday, April 23, 1993 from 10 a.m. to noon at the B.C. Stocking site at 341 Industrial Way.
 Other speakers include Betsy Marchand, YCTA vice chair and Yolo County Supervisor; Woodland Mayor Elaine Rominger; Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Frank Sieferman, and Curtis Stocking, President of B.C. Stocking.
 Rides on the new CNG buses will be provided following the dedication ceremony.
 The purchase of the buses and the building of the fueling station are a demonstration project made possible by a joint public-private venture involving Chevron Research, El Paso Natural Gas, the Federal Transit Administration, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, YCTA, and Yolo-Solano Air Pollution Control District. "This project puts Yolo County in the front of the pack in contributing to cleaner air now and for future generations," said Terry Bassett, YCTA transit director. He said this is the first purchase of CNG buses by a small transit provider. YCTA administers public transit (Yolobus) in Yolo County through private sector contracting with ATE/Ryder, based in West Sacramento.
 Other area fleets operating on CNG include the City of Woodland, U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and Entenmann's Bakery. The fuel is available at 31 operating stations in the state.
 Gemini, a Lantana company, is a primary manufacturer of natural gas compressors and compression packages. The company also provides turnkey design and engineering services for complete CNG fueling systems, from compressor to vehicle dispenser. As the leader in CNG fueling systems, Gemini has more than 30 packages in operation or under construction in North, Central, and South America, Eastern Europe, and China. For more information about Gemini, contact Mr. M.B. Parks, 214-342-1587 or fax, 214/342-1589. Gemini's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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 /CONTACT: Kellie Upchurch of Yolo County Transit, 916-661-1732, or Tom Wright of Gemini CNG, 713-840-0840.


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