July 25, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT)
Transit agencies across Florida have been dealing with volatile 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 and fuels to their traditional diesel-powered fleets, including biodiesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hybrid-electric, battery-electric and other technologies. These advancements, however, have resulted in increased capital and operating costs for some fixed-route operators and lower-than-expected efficiency gains for others, creating challenges for the wide-spread adoption of advanced transit technologies. The current presentation will discuss the continued efforts by FDOT to track and report field data on performance and costs of alternative fuel transit vehicles in Florida. The presented analysis will cover capital, operating, and maintenance costs associated with alternative propulsion technologies, both for fixed-route and demand response transit vehicles. Additionally, the presentation will briefly discuss common fleet maintenance requirements and guidelines for maintenance facility modifications to accommodate CNG and LNG transit vehicles. Download a PDF copy of the presentation.
Presenter: Alexander Kolpakov
AICP-CM credit is not available for this CUTR webcast recording.