CANTON -- The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) hydrogen fuel cell facility at 10 a.m. Monday at the main SARTA office, 1600 Gateway Boulevard SE.
According to SARTA, the facility will be one of the largest hydrogen fueling stations in the country and the fleet will be the largest in the United States operating outside of California.
The facility will service the fleet of 10 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses that will begin operating on SARTA routes full time next year. One of the vehicles will be available for viewing at the ceremony. The bus will be in service in Stark County for a limited time through October before it is sent to Columbus where it will be used by the Ohio State University Campus Area Bus Service.
The acquisition of the vehicles and construction of the new facility were funded with more than $20 million in state and federal grants, according to a news release from SARTA.