SAN JOSE, CA – The Greater New Haven Transit District (GNHTD) is undertaking a unique demonstration program to prove the viability of hydrogen fuel transit bus vehicles. The program is unique, as it fully integrates the development and implementation of the support infrastructure (fueling station, maintenance facilities) required of hydrogen fueled vehicles in public transit service, rather than just the vehicles themselves. The project is part of the FTA Research and Development program for the development of hydrogen vehicles and expands upon the tenets of the current program by requiring a ‘solution opportunity’ usable not only for GNHTD, but other transit operators as well.
The overall project will begin with a clean slate to design, develop, and implement every element required to operate an advanced technology hydrogen fuel fleet of transit bus vehicles. It is envisioned that the program will facilitate future hydrogen-based development opportunities and reduce the historic difficulties encountered by other transit operators in implementing advanced technologies within their fleet operations.
Building upon our successful advanced technology transit bus procurement management and technical experience gained from other major public programs, GNHTD selected JAI to provide a range of management and technical support services. Our background with other advanced vehicle systems (including hybrid-electric, hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen ICE, and others) proved especially beneficial in support of this GNHTD program. JAI will be providing procurement management, project problem/issue resolution, demonstration program coordination, design, and development, project oversight, pre- and post- delivery reviews, and other activities.