March 8, 2012 Transit agencies across Florida have been dealing with escalating fuel prices and changes in environmental regulations affecting the use of diesel engines and diesel fuel. In an effort to address rising fuel costs and environmental concerns, many agencies have introduced alternative fuel technologies to their traditional diesel-powered fleets, including biodiesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), hybrid-electric, battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and other technologies. These advancements, however, have resulted in increased capital and operating costs for some fixed-route operators and created challenges for the wide-spread adoption of advanced transit technologies. The current presentation will discuss the efforts to track and report field data on performance and costs of operating alternative fuel transit vehicles in Florida. The presented analysis will cover fuel costs, maintenance costs, as well as the costs of modifying transit maintenance facilities to make them suitable for alternative fuel buses, and is intended to serve as a decision support resource for policy makers. Download a PDF copy of the presentation.

Presented by: Alexander Kolpakov, Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research


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