The US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $13.6 million in federal funding to advance the commercialization of American-made fuel cell buses for the transit industry. Eight projects were selected to receive a share of FY2012 funds through FTA's National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which has provided nearly $90 million since 2006 to speed the development of fuel cell technology.
"The Obama Administration is committed to investing in projects that bring cleaner, greener transportation options to more Americans and help our nation compete globally in the 21st century," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff made the announcement at BAE Systems in Endicott, N.Y., which makes hybrid propulsion systems. A current funding recipient under FTA's National Fuel Cell Bus Program, BAE is helping to build next-generation fuel cell buses for the Sunline Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California; the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland, Ohio, and Tompkins Consolidated Transit Authority in Ithaca, New York. A list of all projects and partner organizations funded today and throughout the program's history is available here; a map showing all project partnerships around the country is here.
Funding for these projects will be managed by CALSTART and the Center for Transportation and the Environment, two non-profit organizations that are responsible for developing and managing projects as part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program.
From FY2006 through FY2012, FTA's National Fuel Cell Bus Program has been a leader for the transit industry in supporting innovative research and demonstration and deployment projects that are helping to reduce the cost of fuel cells for transit use.
Later this year, FTA expects to announce funding for a new Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment grant program to support the commercialization of a variety of clean fuel technologies, including fuel cell and battery-powered buses.