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Nominations Sought for Alternative Fuel Routes
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has invited state and local officials to nominate routes to be designated as national electric vehicle (EV) charging corridors as well as routes designated for hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling. These “zero-emission” and “alternative fuel” corridors are part of the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act signed into law on December 4, 2015.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Making sure drivers with alternative fuel vehicles can use the national highway system, rather than being limited only to local areas, is the next step in advancing America’s transportation network.”

The Secretary is required to solicit and designate national plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling corridors along major highways. The notice from FHWA invites nominations from state and local officials to assist in making the route designations.

Goal to Reduce Vehicle EmissionsFederal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said:

“By identifying where alternative fueling stations can be found we can accelerate the use of innovative next-generation vehicles, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure our transportation network meets the needs of 21st-century drivers.”

The U.S. has pledged to reduce GHG emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025.

Selection Criteria
Some of the criteria for selecting the alternative fuel corridors will be:
  • Number of existing alternative fuel facilities on corridor;
  • Number of additional planned/projected alternative fuel facilities on corridor;
  • Distance between existing and planned/projected alternative fuel facilities on corridor;
  • Visibility, convenience, and accessibility to the users on the corridor; and
  • Explanation of successfully developing new alternative fuel facilities along the corridor based on past activity/success.
The corridors will be designated with identifiable national signs like the red, white and blue “shield” signs used on U.S. Routes once the established criteria are met.

The deadline for the initial round of nominations is August 22, 2016.

The official notice with information on how state and local officials can submit nominations is in Docket Number FHWA-2016-0017 at federalregister.gov/a/2016-17132

About the author: Lanny Hartmann runs PlugInSites.org, a website that delivers news about electric car charging stations in DC, Maryland, Virginia & beyond.  We encourage readers in the area to check it out!