SARTA Site Visit and Zero-Emission Bus Workshop

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) Site Visit and Hydrogen Bus Workshop

Wednesday, July, 24, 2019

10AM - 3PM

SARTA Headquarters, Canton, OH


Join SARTA and CALSTART for a half-day of interactive, hands-on learning about hydrogen! See a hydrogen fueling facility and take a ride on a fuel cell bus before taking a deep dive into the potential for using hydrogen as a fuel in your transit operation. 

SARTA, headquartered in Canton, OH operates the largest hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet in the US outside of California. CEO Kirt Conrad will kick the morning off with a tour of SARTA's facilities and a ride on a hydrogen bus. Following the site tour, CALSTART's Rural and Small Urban Program Manager Jared Schnader and Project Manager Erin Shres will lead a workshop focusing on hydrogen in transit applications. 

Workshop topics will include: 

  • an overview of the benefits of hydrogen for transit applicaitons
  • information on current and upcoming vehicles
  • case studies and tools to estimate total cost of ownership
  • annual funding opportunities and grant writing tips

To register for the Site-Visit, please follow this link

Who should attend? Transit agencies interested in learning more about procuring and operating hydrogen fuel cell buses. 

Why attend? Increasingly, transit agencies are exploring the potential to switch to fuels that are healthier for their communities and the environment. State and local governments are also looking at zero emission public transit as an opportunity to save on operation and maitenance costs while meeting environmental goals. Hydrogen fuel cell buses provide much of the same range and ease of fueling as CNG buses, with zero harmful emissions. Get ahead of the curve and learn more about the potential of incorporating hydrogen buses into your fleets. 

About the Midwest Zero Emission Bus Working Group

With generous funding from the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), CALSTART started the Midwest Zero Emission Bus Working Group in 2018 as a forum for peer-to-peer experience sharing and learning among transit providers, focusing on both hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric buses. 

We recognize the Midwest poses unique challenges to transitioning to zero emision fleets, including lack of infrastructure, inadequate funding and demographic and climate challenges. This working group meets regularly to share lessons learned and best practices for adopting zero-emission bus technologies, identify opportunities for partnerships on demo and pilot projects, and find solutions to real-world challenges Midwest transit agencies are facing as they begin to transition their fleets.