Passenger Transport November 2019 Vol 77 No 22 - 1



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New York MTA Joins
U.N. Climate Agreement

An artist's rendering of the hydrogen-powered train from Stadler.

Stadler to Provide First
U.S. Hydrogen-Powered
Train to SBCTA
Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) recently
signed the first-ever U.S. contract for a hydrogen-powered
train, with a future option to order four additional vehicles,
for operation on a future nine-mile rail corridor between
Redlands, CA, and the Metrolink commuter rail station in
San Bernardino, CA.
The zero-emission FLIRT H2 vehicle consists of two cars
with a power pack in between to hold fuel cells and hydrogen tanks. The train is expected to provide seating for 108
passengers, plus standing room, and will operate at a maximum speed of up to 79 mph.
"Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind
passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San
Bernardino County," said SBCTA President Darcy McNaboe.
"The hydrogen FLIRT will help us address the commuting
needs of today while preserving our environment for a better
SBCTA broke ground earlier this year for construction of
the rail line, branded as Arrow. Omnitrans in San Bernardino
will operate the service, which will begin operation in 2022
with diesel-electric multiple units (DMU); the Stadler hydrogen train will launch in 2024. According to Omnitrans, the
initial rolling stock of DMUs can be converted to zeroelectric units using the same vehicles.


THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN Transportation Authority (MTA) recently signed on to the
United Nations-sponsored Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement-only the second government agency in
the U.S. to commit to such an effort and the first
public transit agency to do so.
Through the SBTi, a joint partnership among
the U.N. Global Compact, World Resources
Institute, World Wildlife Fund and CDP, the MTA
will develop a defined set of emissions reduction targets using the most up-to-date climate

science to help keep the global temperature rise
this century below 2 degrees Celsius.
The MTA will define targets to reduce greenhouse emissions across transportation and
non-transportation activities throughout the
organization. The agency will have two years to
establish targets for emissions reductions and up
to 15 years to meet these targets.
"At a time when the U.S. has begun proceedings to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,
the MTA as the nation's largest transportation


APTA Among Hosts of
Presidential Candidate Forum
APTA HAS JOINED A GROUP OF transportation and infrastructure-focused entities in
announcing "Moving America Forward: a 2020
Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure,"
convened by United for Infrastructure. The bipartisan forum will be held over President's Day
Weekend 2020 on the campus of the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas. That weekend marks
the start of early voting in Nevada's presidential
United for Infrastructure is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the
public and policymakers about the importance of
America's infrastructure.
"We are excited to serve as a cohost of this

forum because infrastructure is a critical issue
that impacts Americans in cities, suburbs and
rural communities," said APTA President and
CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. "We look forward to having the candidates address how America will
rebuild and expand our infrastructure and hearing their vision for improving and increasing public transportation under their administration."
Other members of the host committee for the
forum include the International Union of Operating Engineers, Transportation Workers Union,
American Society of Civil Engineers, Value of
Water Campaign, American Road and Transportation Builders Association and Association of
Equipment Manufacturers.

Public Transit Agencies Get into Holiday Spirit
Public transit agencies across the country are
well-known for their charitable efforts-especially
at this time of year. For example, the Antelope
Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), Lancaster, CA, is
partnering with the Antelope Valley Family YMCA
and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger
for this year's 2019 Stuff a Bus Holiday Toy Drive.
AVTA will match each toy donated with a new pair
of socks for the homeless. Among other public
transit agencies getting into the holiday spirit are
DART First State, which conducted its 22nd annual
"Stuff The Bus" Thanksgiving Food Drive this month
at seven locations across Delaware; the Butler (PA)
Transit Authority, which will join its partners in filling
the decorated Santa Trolley bus with donated toys,
children's clothes and nonperishable food before
participating in the city's Nov. 30 Spirit of Christmas
Parade; and Omnitrans in San Bernardino, CA,
which is joining Southern California Firefighters and
a local television station Dec. 6 to accept donations
for the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.


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