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Oil saving, cleaner transit maintenance facility coming soon in Corona

A new Corona bus and subway maintenance facility will be powered by a $2 million clean-burning fuel cell that state officials said will save the site 3,800 barrels of oil per year.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New York City Transit and the state New York Power Authority agreed Wednesday to install the gas-powered 200-kilowatt power generator in a new facility being constructed next to the aging Casey Stengel Bus Depot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

"Though this is our first fuel cell installation, it represents another step in our continuing commitment to sustainable transit development in terms of its social, economic and environmental impact," NYC Transit President Lawrence Reuter said.

Officials expect installation to begin in mid-February.

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