The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) has released a new report containing recommendations for the adoption of zero-emission transit vehicles. The new report, which was published by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is the culmination of discussions held by the CTE-led Advisory Panel, which included more than a dozen transit agency general managers, as well as representatives of transit bus manufacturers, all three federal bus testing centers and public transit advocacy groups including the American Public Transportation Association.
The Transit Vehicle Innovation Deployment Centers (TVIDC) Advisory Panel Overview and Conclusions report suggests strategies aimed at improving and guiding five key elements of the growing zero-emission transit sector: bus testing facilities, innovation research, transit bus automation, workforce development, and collaboration with electric utilities. The strategies range from focusing research resources on efficiency improvements and resiliency to forming a collaborative working group between transit agencies and electric utilities.
“The release of the Advisory Panel’s conclusions comes at a pivotal moment for the zero-emission transportation industry,” said Dan Raudebaugh, CTE’s Executive Director. “As efforts to decarbonize the transit industry gain momentum, a coordinated effort is necessary to effectively use research, program, and training resources.”