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SARTA to take hydrogen fuel-cell bus on tour through service area

Posted on October 6, 2016

In honor of National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day, Canton, Ohio’s Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) will be taking its hydrogen fuel-cell bus on tour to all its transit centers before it returns to Columbus to complete its testing at Ohio State University. The official day is Saturday, Oct. 8, which was chosen because the atomic weight of Hydrogen is 1.008 (10.08). The purpose of National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day is to raise awareness of the clean energy technology that is available.

Additionally, while the fuel-cell bus is at each transit center, SARTA's leadership will be distributing all-day bus passes. Although the official day is on Saturday, SARTA will be holding its events on Monday October 10 so more people can see the bus.

"The fuel-cell bus has been in Columbus undergoing testing at OSU's Center for Automotive Research (CAR)," said SARTA's Executive Director/CEO Kirt Conrad. "However, we want to give the public the opportunity to experience this truly remarkable vehicle so we are taking it on tour and honoring National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day."

Conrad noted that the only emissions from the bus is water and these buses get double the mileage as a diesel bus. "We're going to use this bus and our entire fleet of fuel-cell vehicles as roving classrooms," he said. "Along with providing the safe, reliable, affordable transportation we're known for, the buses will give people the opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with the technology that will drive public-and hopefully private transportation in the years ahead."

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