The sole turnpike plaza that currently offers CNG refueling is the Stroud plaza on the Turner Turnpike and while that little ol’ Oklahoma Natural Gas station is useful when low on fuel, it is very tired and inadequate.
Love’s and OnCue have led the way in integrating CNG refueling into the convenience store. Now OTA has a great opportunity to serve its refueling needs as well as its paying customers by integrating CNG refueling into plaza remodels.
Showcase the economics and feasibility of using Oklahoma’s natural gas for transportation to turnpike travelers.
Increase revenue for OTA through greater use of turnpikes. (Who minds paying tolls when you saving so much on fuel?)
Increase high profit margin concessions for plaza concession operators. Travelers in CNG vehicles will certainly refuel prior to exiting Oklahoma to the northeast (Vinita), south (Antlers) and southwest (Walters). Coincidentally, those are next three toll plazas slated for remodeling.
CNG is often called “green times 2”, or #greenX2 in Twitter-speak, due to its cheapness and its environment-saving credentials. Now the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has the ability to increase its revenue and reduce expenses by integrating CNG refueling into its planned toll plaza remodels.
Craig ended his piece with a map showing his proposed new fueling locations. I couldn’t reproduce it here, so you can see it on his blog.
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