Tyler's first public compressed natural gas fueling station opened Wednesday morning. First Alt Fuel President, Jamal Moharer says the project took nearly three years to implement, but makes economic and environmental sense for the community.
"Serving the transportation industry in Tyler is important, and the fact that [the natural gas] is domestically produced is so much better," Moharer said.
With the opening of the new fueling station, Tyler will be able to serve a rising population of CNG vehicle users both in the city and passing through.
Moharer listed several local companies with CNG-capable fleets, and said the attraction of using CNG as a safe and less expensive alternative to oil products.
Commissioners and representatives from around the state gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, many of whom spoke about the possibilities this new fueling station will bring to Tyler.
"We're finding different ways to retain and attract businesses," Texas DOT commissioner Jeff Austin said.
Moharer says he hopes local auto dealers will take a lead in making alternative fuel vehicles accessible to consumers.
As for the environmental component of using CNG, natural gas emits less carbon compared to gasoline.
"[The fueling station] will have a positive impact on the air we breathe," Judge Joel Baker said.
The facility, located at 425 N Bois D' Arc in downtown Tyler, features two compressed natural gas pumps.
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