Swarts credited TCAT General Manager Joe Turcotte, TCAT Assistant General Manager Alice Eccleston, the TCAT Board of Directors and the Tompkins County community for creating an environment that nurtures growth, creativity and environmental sustainability.
Swarts noted that TCAT ridership continues to grow with the expectation of reaching up to or more than 4.5 million annual trips in 2013 – an incredible number for a system that serves a population of little more than 100,000.
Eccleston said, “This is exciting news for TCAT to be on the leading edge of new cleaner technology that is important not only for our organization, but for our country,” she said. “Reduction in the use of fossil fuels is critical to both our economic and environmental well being,”
The national program has provided nearly $90 million since 2006 to speed the development of fuel cell technology by tapping American innovation and bringing more opportunities to American manufacturers, according to the FTA.
“The Obama Administration is committed to investing in projects that bring cleaner, greener transportation options to more Americans and help our nation compete globally in the 21st century,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release “These investments will continue to expand innovative transportation alternatives so people across the country can get across town safely and efficiently.”
Funding for the projects announced today will be managed by CALSTART and the Center for Transportation and the Environment, two non-profit organizations that are responsible for developing and managing projects as part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program.