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Columbus, Ohio public transit gets grant for electric buses

By meerna Jul11,2024
Columbus, Ohio public transit gets grant for electric buses

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Central Ohio Transit Authority has received a $22.8 million grant to fund 10 new hydrogen fuel cell electric buses.


What you need to know

  • The award was made by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, and the funds will also help build a new hydrogen fueling station at the McKinley Avenue facility.
  • COTA explained that the fuel cell electric buses are zero-emission buses that use hydrogen to generate electricity to charge the bus’s electric motor batteries and have a range of about 300 miles.
  • COTA said the grant will help it meet its goals of transitioning to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2025, as well as achieving net carbon neutrality by 2045.

The award was made by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, and the funds will also support construction of a new hydrogen fueling station at the McKinley Avenue facility.

COTA said the grant will help it meet its goals of transitioning to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2025, as well as achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

“With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are creating new opportunities to improve the lives of millions of Americans who rely on buses every day,” Acting FTA Administrator Veronica Vanterpool said in a release. “These grants will help provide cleaner, greener transportation designed to reach and work for everyone, especially in places that have historically been underserved.”

COTA explained that the fuel cell electric buses are zero-emission buses, use hydrogen gas to generate electricity to charge the bus’s electric motor batteries, and have a range of about 300 miles. Additionally, the buses can be refueled in 10 minutes or less.

“We are grateful for this award from FTA and its support of sustainable transportation initiatives. This is a win for our neighborhoods that directly impacts the air quality and quality of life in the region, while helping COTA support vibrant, healthy neighborhoods for all,” Tellez-Fowler said. “Investing in hydrogen fuel cell technology and infrastructure will allow COTA to achieve our zero emissions goal while providing sustainable, accessible service as we prepare to expand our transportation system to accommodate the tremendous growth expected over the next 25 years.”

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