CALSTART Receives $12 Million for Fuel Cell Bus Demonstrations

October 13, 2006

On October 12, Federal Transit Administration Administrator James Simpson announced that CALSTART, a nonprofit agency whose headquarters is located in Pasadena and that works with the public and private sectors to develop advanced transportation technologies, will receive $12 million for several major fuel cell bus projects. The projects will enhance fuel cell activities in Oakland, San Francisco, the Coachella Valley, and southern California.

At a ceremony that followed a tour of SunLine Transit's Sunfuels Fueling Station in Thousand Palms, Simpson and Congresswoman Mary Bono announced that CALSTART would be one of three nonprofit agencies nationwide to receive a share of a $49 million federal grant to research fuel cell buses. The Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta and the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium in Boston will also receive funding for fuel cell bus research. The CALSTART projects will enhance and build on fuel cell bus demonstration programs at AC Transit in Oakland and SunLine Transit in the Coachella Valley.

SunLine Transit and its research partners will also receive $2.8 million to design and demonstrate 40-foot fuel cell buses and evaluate their performance in a hot desert climate. San Francisco Municipal Railways will receive $5.35 million to develop a battery dominant fuel cell hybrid bus.

For more information, read the October 12 CALSTART press release.