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USDOT awards $14M to UC Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation

The US Department of Transportation recently selected the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, led by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, to receive a five-year grant totaling approximately $14 million ($2.8 million in the initial year) to advance a more sustainable transportation system.

The NCST is one of only five national transportation centers awarded under the University Transportation Centers program reauthorized by the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. It is the only national transportation center focused on environmental preservation and the only one in California.

Other members of the NCST consortium include University of California-Riverside, University of Southern California, California State University-Long Beach, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Vermont.

Since its founding in 2012, the NCST has mobilized innovative and accomplished research teams, published studies and policy briefs on an array of 21st century transportation issues, and partnered with influential leaders and stakeholder groups to provide national leadership for advancing an environmentally sustainable transportation system.

With this new grant, the NCST plans to build upon early successes, strengthen existing programs, and add important new initiatives, including research in the critical areas of sustainable freight, new mobility and environmental review.



O Legalize electric providers to provide transportation
o Electric trolleys and metro for cities.
o Electric bus systems with hydrogen fuel cells.
o High speed electric trains for coast to coast travel.

USA is the only leading economy without high speed electric trains and this could be a priority for the Trump administration, to provide coast to cost high speed rail.

The Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, which made it illegal for a single private business to both provide public transport and supply electricity to other parties, caused great difficulties for the streetcar operators which were frequently also generators of electricity.
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HarveyD make too much sense. Your ideas would over-clean the air and make people too healthy.

You could add H2 e-locomotives, with on board FCs? Electrified buses and trucks with FCs could share many H2 stations with locomotives and private FCEVs? It could reduce the price of clean H2 to $3.50/Kg.

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