Tracking Costs of Alternatively Fueled Buses in Florida – Phase II

Tracking Costs of Alternatively Fueled Buses in Florida – Phase II

FDOT BDK85 977-38

For:

Robert E. Westbrook, Project Manager

Florida Department of Transportation

Public Transit Office 605 Suwannee Street, MS 30

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450

By:

Stephen L. Reich, Alexander Kolpakov

 The main objective of this project is to continue collecting and reporting the data on the performance and costs of alternatively fueled public transit vehicles in the state, and to develop an alternative method of reporting Florida transit agency data in a consistent manner in order to keep the Bus Fuels Fleet Evaluation Tool (BuFFeT) cost model current. The data, collected and reported, will enable policy makers to have actual field data to assist in future decision making on maintenance resources and future vehicle acquisitions. While the project provides for the evaluation of performance and costs of alternative fuel buses, the primary goal of this effort is to establish a process for the ongoing assessment of alternative fuel transit fleet performance. It is understood that as more data are accumulated, the current assessment of alternative fuel transit vehicles’ cost efficiency and performance may change. The current analysis is intended to provide decision support for policy makers regarding the costs involved in operating alternative fuel buses in the Florida transit fleet, rather than give definitive recommendations regarding the application of a particular alternative propulsion technology.

Additionally, one of the goals of the project is to provide assistance to the FDOT Office of Public Transportation in evaluating various local projects related to the performance of alternative fuel vehicles, as well as emission reduction and fuel efficiency strategies. This activity will be initiated by special requests from the project manager and will include coordination with appropriate FDOT district and transit agency personnel.

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