|On March 10, 2012, the fuel cell bus arrived in Austin, TX for Phase II of its demonstration. The bus will join Capital Metro’s fleet and be operated in regular transit service on the University of Texas-Austin campus. Capital Metro will operate the bus on a number of its shuttle routes including Red River and Lake Austin.
Capital Metro is very excited to receive the zero-emissions bus. “Transit, by its nature, is part of the country’s solution to long-term environmental sustainability, and Capital Metro is thrilled to participate in this cutting edge research that could result in cleaner bus technology being more widely available and affordable. We are looking forward to testing the bus along Austin’s streets over the next year,” stated Linda S. Watson, Capital Metro President/CEO.
The University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) is overseeing the upgrade and retrofitting of a permanent hydrogen production and fueling station with assistance from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) grant. This state-of-the-art station is the first of its kind in Texas and includes hydrogen generation, compression, storage, and dispensing.
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