The City of Akron will be adding its own public natural gas station in the near future.
Akron City Council approved plans during their meeting Monday evening for regional trucking company J Rayl Transport to add a compressed natural gas filling station and truck terminal to its property at the corner of South Arlington Street and Palmetto Avenue.
City Council President Garry Moneypenny says not only will this provide a quality service, but help improve the environment as well.
"Obviously, Akron's real big in going green and this helps us in our goal of helping the environment," Moneypenny explained.
"There's not a whole lot of places that sell the natural gas and this provides a much-needed location on the southeast side of Akron."
J Rayl Transport currently employs more than 200 people.
Moneypenny says he's pleased to see the company expanding its footprint in Akron after they bought the old Rex's Salvage building, which has been abandoned for some time.
"This will help get rid of an eyesore as well as provide a much needed service to the Akron area," Moneypenny said.
The company plans on converting its fleet ot trucks from diesel fuel to either natural gas or a combination of diesel and natural gas.
Moneypenny says the plans to add the natural gas station are a win-win for both the city and J Rayl Transport.
"This is a very positive thing for Akron and we're thankful that J.Rayl stepped up to provide this for us."
The station is expected to open in the next three to six months.