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SunLine Puts FTA Money to Work

August 5, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$1.5 Million Grant Will Help with Maintenance & Training
For Zero Emission Buses via ‘CoEZET’ Center of Excellence

Southern California’s SunLine Transit said this morning that it will use a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to support maintenance and training initiative related to ZEBs – zero emission buses.

Hydrogen fuel cell bus operated by Thousand Palms, Calif.-based SunLine Transit

Hydrogen fuel cell bus operated by Thousand Palms, Calif.-based SunLine Transit

The money is part of $55 million just awarded to 13 transit agencies to support ZEB deployment under Low-No – FTA’s Low and No Emission bus program (F&F, August 2).

SunLine pledged to establish the country’s first transit maintenance bay designed from the ground up for ZEBs. “The state-of-the-art facility will also serve as an interactive learning center for ZEB maintenance, known as the SunLine Center of Excellence in Zero Emission Technology,” the agency says – CoEZET.

Long-Standing Commitment

SunLine notes that the award follows a recent allocation of federal funding from the National Fuel Cell Bus Program for $270,000 to SunLine to develop CoEZET.

“SunLine has been committed to establishing the Center of Excellence in Zero Emission Technology for years,” Sunline CEO and general manager Lauren Skiver says in today’s release. “We have taken small steps toward establishing the Center with each award, but now due to these funding opportunities we can finally build a much needed asset for the industry.”

Bus Builders, Driveline Suppliers, Educators

CoEZET partners include the College of the Desert, Rio Hondo College, California Community College-Doing What Matters, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), BAE Systems, Ballard Power Systems, BYD Coach and Bus, Hydrogenics, and Proterra. SunLine says it will foster additional partnerships with local economic development organizations, transit agencies, colleges, government agencies, workforce development groups, and industry “to enhance the program’s effectiveness and reach.”

Another of SunLine's hydrogen fuel cell buses

Another of SunLine’s hydrogen fuel cell buses

“CoEZET will provide a comprehensive workforce training program in zero emission transportation technologies that supports commercial operation of ZEBs,” SunLine says. “SunLine staff will work with its partners to develop comprehensive curriculum and resources that addresses all aspects of in-service management for ZEBs.”

The Goal? Commercial ZEBs

“It is vital to ready the transit workforce to maintain and plan for the influx of zero emission technology into revenue service,” Skiver said.

“SunLine is ensuring with its partners that the transit industry has the resources and skillsets to operate zero emission buses commercially.”

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Source: SunLine Transit with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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