Virginia, Maryland Get Stimulus Funds for Propane

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Virginia, Maryland Get Stimulus Funds for Propane

NEW YORK -- Virginia and Maryland are among the states to receive stimulus funds for propane fueling stations and converting fleets of taxis, town cars and vans from conventional gasoline to propane AutoGas, according to

The $29 million project will create a southeast AutoGas corridor by converting more than 1,000 vehicles to propane AutoGas Hybrids and creating 17 fueling stations along major roadways in the region, the report stated.

Virginia and Maryland join other participating states, including Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

The project received $8.6 million in stimulus grant money from the Department of Energy Thursday, and the remaining costs will be paid for by Clean Cities Coalitions in the nine states, along with Coxsackie, N.Y.-based American Alternative Fuel and Ocean Springs, Miss.-based Blossman Gas Inc., according to the report.

The project aims to increase awareness of and interest in propane as an alternative to gasoline. The Virginia Clean Cities Coalition estimates the program will displace almost 16 million gallons of gasoline over the four-year program period, reported.