FHWA Releases Notice Concerning Alt Fuel Corridors
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a notice concerning the designation of alternative fuel fueling corridors. In the notice, FHWA requests nominations from states and local officials to designate national plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling corridors along major highways. Specifically, the request for nominations is extended to state and local government entities.
In terms of timing, the Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations are due to 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, which sets the deadline to August 22, 2016. NGVAmerica has recommended that its members work with their local Clean Cities Coalitions in an effort to provide input to state and local agencies that plan to submit lists to FHWA. If you are in an area that is not served by a Clean Cities Coalition, it is recommended that you contact the state department of transportation.
The Fast Act (Sec. 1413) includes a program to designate and promote these corridors. The program does not provide any dedicated funding to support the development of such corridors or to fund infrastructure but such funding could possibly be provided in the future or provided by state authorities. The FHWA recently held a webinar to discuss this program. To view the webinar or read the transcript, click here. Further information on the notice is available here.