Bus

Flint MTA readies hydrogen bus for service

Posted on May 14, 2012

The Flint, Mich. Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) took possession of a hydrogen fuel-cell bus and is scheduled to put it into service by the end of May, making Flint the only city in the Midwest with a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.

Hydrogen as a fuel for the public transit industry will reduce the dependency on fossil fuels such as diesel, is environmentally friendly and  technically feasible, according to officials. The fuel cell bus produces water vapor from its tailpipe and can operate for 250 miles without needing to refuel.

Hydrogen fuel-cell buses contain batteries that can store electricity generated by the hydrogen fuel cell (a device that combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce power and water as a by-product) in addition to energy generated during the braking process.

In preparation for placing the bus on the road, a team comprised of MTA employees and Kettering University professor, Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed, have familiarized themselves with bus operator training, preventive maintenance, storage, installation of bus related software and monthly reporting requirements.

The bus will be housed and maintained at the MTA’s first of its kind, alternative fueling station in Grand Blanc. The station will provide hydrogen, propane and natural gas (CNG) for the MTA fleet.

Kettering engineering professors and students will work with the MTA to structure training programs to educate MTA employees and the general public on hybrid vehicle technology, including the operation of a fuel-cell vehicle, bus maintenance and safety with using alternative type fuels.

As part of the hydrogen fuel cell project, MTA plans call for future construction of a solar farm on the site at Maple Road and South Dort Highway. Solar power will assist in generating electricity to produce hydrogen.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Allied Specialty Vehicles names new Goshen Coach VP/GM

Joey Belle has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and operations, including 22 years at E-One in supervisor and director positions and three years VP, operations, at Capacity Trucks where he played an integral role in the product development and launch of the company’s new Sabre terminal truck platform.

SMART to spend $35 million on 80 new buses

Purchase comes as a result of last year’s election, where 66% of voters approved a tax increase to help the agency upgrade 135 vehicles through a four-year operating issue boost.

New York City Transit introduces bicycle racks to buses

Racks available on S53, S93 Routes for 1-Year pilot testing feasibility and impact to service.

National Express takes over operation of Merced's The BUS

The Bus offers fixed-route and paratransit services to the communities of The Joint Powers Authority of Merced County’s seven member agencies, including the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, and Merced, and the County of Merced.

Maine's Greater Portland Transit adds pass for high school students

The Transit Pass allows free and unlimited use of METRO bus routes during the academic school year, including weekends and break periods.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close