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Ryder System said it will lease 31 natural-gas vehicles to Saddle Creek Logistics Services for use in two markets, including Ryder’s first natural-gas maintenance operation in Texas.
Ryder said Oct. 24 that 30 of the compressed natural gas vehicles will run in the Dallas area and be maintained at Ryder’s Fort Worth service facility, which is being upgraded to meet natural-gas maintenance requirements.
One vehicle will operate in Saddle Creek’s Shreveport, La., fleet and be maintained at Ryder’s existing natural-gas vehicle maintenance facility there.
Saddle Creek will take delivery of the trucks during the first quarter of 2014.
Third-party logistics provider Saddle Creek Logistics Services, based in Lakeland, Fla., has more than 100 CNG tractors in its 430-truck fleet, making it one of the largest CNG-fueled over-the-road fleets in operation in the country, Ryder said. The carrier also has invested in its own fueling station at its headquarters.