January 3, 2011
Check the classifieds in this issue to learn about job opportunities--including a president/general manager, a director of bus transportation, an executive director, and a county director of transportation!
FTA Grants to Finance Fuel Cell Technologies
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $10.17 million to CALSTART in Pasadena, CA, and $6.42 million to the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) in Atlanta, through the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The grants will allow CALSTART and CTE to coordinate research for new technologies among fuel cell manufacturers, engineering firms, and public transportation agencies across the U.S.
“The Obama administration is proud to partner with researchers who are exploring greener, more efficient ways to power buses,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. “Adapting fuel-cell technology to buses will result in a cleaner environment and quieter streets for everyone.”
“The transit industry must continue to be at the forefront of creating green jobs and establishing globally competitive technologies right here at home in the United States,” added FTA Administrator Peter M. Rogoff.
“As we move clean, fuel-efficient bus projects from the drawing board to the street, we move the nation closer to energy independence and a cleaner environment,” the administrator added.
Specific projects covered under the grants include improving fuel cell bus operation in cold climates; developing a smaller, less costly, and more durable fuel cell power system that will enable commercialization of U.S. fuel cell buses; and creating a lightweight, highly efficient bus that incorporates an improved hybrid-electric drive and enhanced bus design.
The purpose of the program is to facilitate the development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies and increase public acceptance of the fuel cell vehicles.
More information about the grant recipients can be found here.