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Boston (Thursday, August 30, 2012) - Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey today joined state and local officials, business leaders and environmental advocates to celebrate the opening of the first E85 Flex Fueling stations on the Massachusetts Turnpike in the communities of Charlton and Westborough, answering the demand by travelers for access to alternative fuel.
Labor Day travelers will notice E85 pumps at the Service Plazas in Charlton, on I-90 Eastbound and I-90 Westbound, and in Westborough, I-90 Westbound. These pumps are clearly marked and stand apart from unleaded and diesel pumps. E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline and is intended for use in Flex Fuel vehicles.
“MassDOT is committed to meeting the needs of its customers. Our residents and visitors are choosing to purchase flex fuel vehicles. By working with our partners at Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)and Gulf Oil, we are able to now offer travelers three fueling locations along the Massachusetts Turnpike and also advance our GreenDOT goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Secretary Davey.
Funding for the $600,000 effort was provided through the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. The funding will also allow for a future fourth E85 pump along the Turnpike.
“We are proud to be partnering with MassDOT and Gulf Oil to bring a cleaner, alternative fuel source to the thousands of motorists who drive the Turnpike every day,” said EEA Secretary Rick Sullivan. “We look forward to expanding that availability across the Commonwealth, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing our reliance on foreign fossil fuels.”
“Today, Gulf Oil, in partnership with MassDOT and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, is proud to be taking another important step in providing alternative, affordable and environmentally-friendly motor fuels to consumers and drivers traveling across and throughout Massachusetts,” said Gulf Oil President Ron Sabia. “E85 fueling stations are part of Gulf’s effort to expand our energy offerings to meet the needs of consumers, the environment, our nation’s security and its energy future.”
“In Massachusetts, we are proud leaders in finding ways to protect and preserve the environment. The technology is in place and this fueling station will make it easier for consumers to choose a cleaner fuel option. The Charlton location is the first travel plaza service area for many travelers coming off Interstate 84 and it is a great place to reach a very large number of motorists,” said Senator Stephen M. Brewer.
The GreenDOT policy initiative first released in June 2010 incorporates sustainability into all MassDOT activities to reach greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008. The GreenDOT initiative also promotes the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit, and supports smart growth development.
“I am proud to join the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in opening this E85 Pump in Charlton,” Representative Peter Durant said. “This is a great technology that not only reduces pollution, but it also increases our use of renewable fuel. This represents a major step forward in the efforts to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce the negative impact that we have on our environment.”
The GreenDOT Implementation Plan is available on MassDOT’s GreenDOT website, http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/GreenDOT.asp
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