Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Task 72. Small System Alternative Fuel Strategies

Small systems receive pressure to purchase under federal and state clean air and fuel programs. They have been vulnerable when using scarce resources to try out new technology in vehicles. Recent examples of biodiesel and hybrid technology have been very costly for small systems in rural areas with few fuel distribution options and skilled maintenance facilities. A guidance document may help to establish appropriate improvements in rural use of clean fuels and create more sustainable development of rural fuel distribution networks. Small urban and rural transit agencies can benefit from conversion to alternative fuel vehicles but often do not have the resources to design, implement and evaluate the costs and benefits to these practices. A guidance document with help to assess and plan this change with best practice examples is needed. The object of this research is to create a set of tools to assist smaller transit agencies in designing, implementing, and analyzing the potential benefit of converting to an alternative fuel source. It will help small systems determine what staging of changeover is optimal for their circumstances.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-65, Task 72

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Basemera-Fitzpatrick, Velvet

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated LLC

    9300 Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rosenfeld, Jeffrey

  • Start Date: 20160929
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170928
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41709

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01638334
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-65, Task 72
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2017 1:01AM