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newsrel -- SunLine Transit Agency announces $12.5 million for five hydrogen-powered buses, hydrogen generating station in Coachella Valley

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 14:10:12
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



April 20, 2017



Karen Caesar, California Air Resources Board (CARB)
(916) 799-7151 cell
(916) 322-2990 Office

Andrea Carter, Sunline Transit Agency
(760) 285-6828

SunLine Transit Agency announces $12.5 million for five
hydrogen-powered buses, hydrogen generating station in Coachella

Investment of cap-and-trade proceeds supports pollution-free
transit; ceremony celebrates Earth Day

THOUSAND PALMS, CA- At a pre-Earth Day ceremony Friday, Senator
Jeff Stone, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia and other officials will
celebrate a $12.5 million grant from California Climate
Investments to the SunLine Transit Agency for five new
zero-emission New Flyer fuel cell buses. The grant also supports
the development of the largest hydrogen fueling station in the
U.S. of its kind, from Hydrogenics, using electricity and
renewable energy to generate clean hydrogen. The ceremony will
begin at 11 a.m. at SunLine Transit Agency headquarters in
Thousand Palms.

“This project represents an important step toward commercializing
both heavy-duty zero-emission fuel cell vehicles and clean,
renewable hydrogen fuel,” said California Air Resources Board
(CARB) chairman Mary D. Nichols.  “Fuel cell vehicles are part of
a comprehensive portfolio needed to achieve California’s
long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals, and this project
furthers this technology advancement while providing much needed
air quality benefits to communities in the Coachella Valley.”

The grant is part of the state’s historic effort to use proceeds
from the climate change cap-and-trade program to reduce
greenhouse gases, including a widespread effort to promote low
carbon transit such as hydrogen-powered or electric buses
throughout California, with a special focus on serving
disadvantaged communities.

Friday’s speakers and attendees will include Senator Jeff Stone
and  Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, California Air Resources Board
member Barbara Riordan, and representatives from New Flyer and
Hydrogenics – the companies contracted to build the new buses and
to upgrade a heavy duty hydrogen refueling station as part of the
grant award. Clean Cities Coachella Valley will also be on site
to help kick off celebration Earth Day celebrations.. 

“We are honored to be the recipient of this pilot project that
will deploy new zero-emission buses for our community and allow
us to upgrade our existing hydrogen infrastructure for fueling
the proposed fuel cell fleet as well as public use,” said Lauren
Skiver, CEO/General Manager of SunLine Transit Agency. 

“SunLine has a longstanding commitment to the environment with
our clean fuels fleet – which helps us do our part to ensure our
natural resources are preserved for future generations.”
SunLine will operate the proposed buses daily on two regular
routes from Indio to Mecca/Oasis that provide a 98% coverage of
disadvantaged communities.  The project will collect 12 months of
performance data to be used to help further commercialization of
fuel cell technology.

New Flyer, the market leader in zero-emission buses, is the only
North American transit bus manufacturer offering all three types
of zero-emission propulsion systems including hydrogen fuel
cell-electric, battery-electric and trolley-electric buses. 

Hydrogenics Corporation is a world leader in engineering and
building hydrogen technology, providing hydrogen generation,
energy storage and hydrogen power modules to customers and
partners around the world. 

About Caifornia Climate Investments: The $12.5 million grant
award is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide
program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work
reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and
improving public health and the environment—particularly in
disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates
a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean
technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.
California Climate Investment projects include affordable
housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission
vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable
agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of
these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income
communities. For more information, visit 

About SunLine Transit Agency:  SunLine Transit Agency is a joint
powers authority formed in 1977 to operate the Coachella Valley’s
public transportation system. SunLine offers fixed route bus
service and curb-to-curb paratransit for the mobility impaired.
Its fixed route and paratransit vehicles travel more than 4
million miles per year, covering over 619 bus stops located
throughout a 1,120 mile-service area, carrying approximately 4.82
million riders. SunLine Services Group regulates three taxi
franchises who provide taxi services throughout the Valley. 
SunFuels alternative fueling station offers compressed natural
gas and hydrogen for SunLine and the public 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. For more information, go to www.sunline.org.

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