The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) has been awarded $1.75m to buy two additional zero-emission hydrogen (H2) fuel cell buses.

The investment, from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA), builds on the more than $4m awarded to SARTA in February 2015 to purchase five buses through the Low or No Emission Deployment Programme and earlier federal funding for the initial two vehicles. Using H2 fuel cell buses as their power source, rather than diesel, makes these buses more energy efficient, reducing dependency on foreign oil, and cutting down on emissions.

This latest purchase will build on SARTA’s fleet, which is the third largest fuel cell fleet in the country.

SARTA’s CEO, Kirt Conrad, said the grant will allow them to increase their total fuel cell fleet to 13 making Canton, Ohio, one of the largest fuel cell fleets in the world, adding, “Stark County is a national leader in innovative transportation solutions that get Ohioans to work or school, while reducing pollution. It’s good news that SARTA’s rapidly growing zero-emission bus program will add to its fleet and help reduce emissions in public transportation.”

“I want to thank FTA and Senator Brown for helping us become a leader in zero emissions vehicles.”

SARTA hydrogen bus

Source: Stark Area Regional Transit Authority