Spurring Innovation for a Clean-Energy Future


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.

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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 photo for selected projects.)

tigger project

LEED-certified green transit station in Billings, MT
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.

brake dance

Illustration by J.P. Flexner

wind turbines

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

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american fuel cell bus

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

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clean energy bus

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

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

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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)

South Florida’s first green LEED-certified transit station

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