California’s San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) has moved closer to its ambitious goal of a zero-emission bus fleet by 2034 with the approval of a contract for up to 108 hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses (FCEBs).

At its December meeting, the SamTrans board unanimously approved the purchase of the FCEBs, recognizing the environmental benefits and operational advantages of these next-generation vehicles.

The FCEBs will replace aging diesel buses, significantly reducing emissions and contributing to cleaner air for San Mateo County residents. As these new buses enter service over the next few years, they will contribute to a healthier environment and a more sustainable transportation system.

SamTrans has awarded the contract for the 108 FCEBs to New Flyer, a leading manufacturer of zero-emission buses. The total contract price is capped at $168.25 million, demonstrating the district’s commitment to responsible resource management while investing in cutting-edge technology.

With this contract approval, SamTrans continues its aggressive expansion of its zero-emission bus fleet. In addition to the FCEB purchase, the district will have 17 battery-electric buses in operation by the end of December and will soon debut the first of 10 FCEBs currently on order. This multi-pronged approach ensures a smooth transition to a zero-emission fleet while providing reliable and efficient transportation services for residents and visitors to San Mateo County.

San Mateo County’s commitment to zero-emission transportation serves as a model for other communities across the nation. The bold decision to invest in FCEBs demonstrates leadership in environmental sustainability and paves the way for a cleaner, healthier future for generations to come.

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