Spurring Innovation for a Clean-Energy Future

Proterra employees standing in front of an all electric fast-charging bus

Winning the future, Proterra style. When President Obama said that America's small businesses need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build their competition, he must have had Proterra in mind.

Learn more about the Proterra Case Study (PDF)

FTA Invests to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
And Increase Use of Clean Fuels

As a leader in green transportation, FTA has investing $366 million over three years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put new transit vehicles on the street that are nonpolluting, spur the transit industry to reduce costs and increase efficiencies through smart energy policies, and create thousands of green jobs for the 21st century. (Click the photo for selected projects.)

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LEED-certified green transit station in Billings, MT

Learn more about the FTA Fiscal Year 2011 Sustainability Awards (PDF)

Philadelphia Puts the Brakes on Wasted Energy

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is replacing diesel buses with hybrid buses that will reduce fuel costs and save money. By installing a cutting-edge “wayside energy storage system” on one rail line, a battery will actually store energy generated by braking trains—energy that can be used later on. FTA contributed $5 million to this innovative energy project.

Illustration of a rail car that shows that the forward momentum plus the friction made by braking the car creates regenerated power.
Illustration by J.P. Flexner

A construction worker atop a wind turbine.

Wind turbines reduce dependence on oil for an Indiana transit agency.

Learn more about how Wind Powers Energy Savings (PDF)



An American Fuel Cell Bus.

The American Fuel Cell Bus. A new generation of powerful electric vehicles marries federal investments with domestic innovation and entrepreneurship.

Learn more about the American Fuel Cell Bus Case Study (PDF)

Line Chart That Shows Clean Fuels Trending Upwards in U.S. What is shown on the X-Axis is the percentage. On the Y-Axis there is displayed the years in between 2007 and 2011. The Percentage of Conventional Energy has decreased from seventy percent in 2007 to sixty-two percent in 2011, according to the chart. Converesly, the Percentage of Alternative Energy has risen from thirty percent in 2007 to thirty-eight percent in 2011.

Percentage of Buses Purchased with FTA Funds that Run on Conventional and Alternative Fuels

Green electric trolley at Link Transit in Wenatchee, Washington.

A new generation of electric trolleys cuts energy, emissions at Link Transit in Wenatchee, WA.

Learn more about the Wenatchee Case Study (PDF).





Every fuel cell-powered bus put into service in the U.S. could reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere by 100 tons annually and eliminate the need for 9,000 gallons of fuel every year over the life of the vehicle.

For buses currently running on diesel fuel, that translates into a savings of more than $37,000 per year, per vehicle.

(Source: National Renewable Energy Lab; FTA)

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South Florida’s first green LEED-certified transit station.

Learn more about the South Florida LEED building (PDF).