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Detroit Advances Hydrogen-Powered Public Transit with New FTA Grant

By July 10, 2024 2   min read  (222 words)

July 10, 2024 |

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The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to enhance its fleet with the addition of four hydrogen fuel-cell coaches, marking a significant step in its shift towards zero-emissions public transit. This development is supported by a substantial $30.8 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), facilitated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

DDOT’s initiative reflects a broader commitment to clean energy, with the new hydrogen buses complementing the existing array of zero-emission electric buses. The introduction of hydrogen-powered buses, a first for DDOT, emphasizes the city’s innovative approach to sustainable urban transport. This effort is further bolstered by an additional $5 million from the Michigan Department of Transportation, raising the total investment to nearly $36 million.

The funding will also support the necessary refueling infrastructure for the hydrogen buses and provide workforce training for operators and mechanics. This initiative is part of a larger strategy to evaluate and expand zero-emission technologies within Detroit’s public transportation network, aligning with the city’s climate action goals.

FTA Acting Administrator Veronica Vanterpool highlighted the national importance of such investments, stating, “These grants will help deliver cleaner and greener transportation, designed to reach everyone, and to work for everyone, particularly in places that haven’t received enough resources in the past.”

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