SamTrans Board of Directors approves purchase of up to 108 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses

Dec. 11, 2023
The contract for the 40-foot hydrogen fuel cell buses will help SamTrans transition to a zero-emissions fleet by 2034.

The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) Board of Directors has approved the purchase of up to 108 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs). The buses will help move SamTrans closer to its Emission Zero goal of entirely transitioning its fleet away from diesel by 2034. 

“We’re very excited about expanding the use of these zero-emission vehicles,” said SamTrans Board of Directors Chair Josh Powell. “The buses proposed for purchase have a range of 300 miles or more when fully fueled, which will meet or exceed the route needs within the district.”  

When the FCEBs enter revenue service within the next few years, they will replace 16- to 17-year-old diesel buses that have exceeded their useful lifespan. 

The contract for the108 new 40-foot low-floor FCEB buses is being awarded to New Flyer of America, Inc., with a contract price not to exceed $168.3 million. 

The board’s purchase approval helps the district add to its growing number of zero-emission vehicles set for service in San Mateo County. SamTrans will have 17 battery-electric buses operating as part of its fleet by the end of December and will launch the first of 10 FCEBs in winter 2024.