The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is moving closer to zero emissions thanks to a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds from the Low or No Emission Grant Program will allow the agency to deploy two hydrogen fuel cell buses and install accompanying hydrogen fueling infrastructure.
“We are fully aware that transportation is a major contributor to air pollution, and this grant will help us to continue to do our part to improve air quality and reduce pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions,” said MJ Maynard, RTC CEO. “As an agency, we are committed to investing in clean transit technology and being innovative. We appreciate the support of our federal delegation, local leaders and business partners who advocated on our behalf.”
The RTC estimates the project will cost $6 million, with a 65% federal and 35% local split. With the estimated 18-month wait time to procure hydrogen fuel cell buses, it is anticipated the vehicles will hit Las Vegas Valley roads in 2022.
Since 2007, the RTC has been transitioning its fleet to environmentally-friendly natural gas. Currently, the agency has 314 CNG buses, which make up 78% of its fixed route fleet with a goal of a near 100% NGV fleet by 2023. In addition, its paratransit fleet of more than 300 vehicles is 100-percent powered by CNG.