In the context of the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has called on state and local officials to nominate routes where drivers can find alternative fuels. Natural gas is one of the fuels proposed for this initiative.
The new provision – included in today’s Federal Register – requires the Secretary to solicit and designate national plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling corridors along major highways. FHWA’s notice invites nominations from state and local officials to assist in making such designations.
In 2014, the U.S. pledged to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, and 80 percent or more by 2050. By supporting lower-emitting vehicles, alternative fuel and zero-emission corridors will help to reduce vehicle exhaust – a significant contributor to U.S. GHG emissions.
“By identifying where alternative fueling stations can be found we can accelerate the use of innovative next-generation vehicles, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure our transportation network meets the needs of 21st-century drivers,” said Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau.
NGVAmerica has recommended that where possible, its members work with their local Clean Cities Coalitions in an effort to provide input to state and local agencies that plan to submit lists to FHWA. The designation effort will develop a process to make formal corridor designations once established criteria are met.
Initial nominations for corridor designations are due to the FHWA no later than August 22, 2016. In the months ahead, the agency will develop a process for future nominations and designations. For more information, please see Docket Number FHWA-2016-0017 here.
(Source: US Department of Transportation)
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