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Description

This project implements the green hydrogen technology in transit for the first time in the State of Maryland. The new hydrogen fuel production and fueling station will operate at the County's existing David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center (EMTOC) in Gaithersburg. This facility will power the County's first 13 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), which will be procured as part of this project. The County will partner with industry experts, the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and Trillium, to implement the project.
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Phase

Preliminary Design Stage

Status

New
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Budget Snapshot
$14.88M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$10.95M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

Initial planning, including a Program of Requirements, was completed as part of the County's Zero Emissions Transition Plan in FY23. Preliminary design and bus procurement will begin in FY24. Completion of the facility and receipt of the buses will occur in FY25.
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Justification

This project will reduce carbon emissions, increase the reliability and sustainability of the bus fleet, and is an essential step in the transition to a zero-emissions fleet to reach the goals in the County's Climate Action Plan. The new hydrogen fuel production facility will produce hydrogen fuel that is greener than traditional fossil fuel-based hydrogen, as the fuel will be produced from water using zero-emission electrolysis. Similarly, fuel cell electric buses can provide uninterrupted service on bus routes that have a standard daily range of over 150 miles, which is beyond the maximum range currently allowed by zero-emission battery-electric buses.
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Other

Electricity needed to produce hydrogen fuel at this facility will be generated by a solar microgrid to be constructed at the David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center.
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Fiscal Note

Funding for this project includes a Low or No Emission Grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The County's match funds are provided in the Ride On Bus Fleet Project (P500814). FY24 supplemental in Federal Aid for the amount of $14,875,975.
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Coordination

Federal Transit Administration, Department of General Services, Department of Finance, Department of Permitting Services, Utility Companies, Industry Expert Partners
Budget Snapshot
$14.88M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$10.95M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP502408
Date Last Modified01/07/24
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryMass Transit (MCG)
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision11990967232232000000
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction16550016551655000000
Other120220295890647614145000000
Total Expenditures1487603925109519501145000000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Federal Aid1487603925109519501145000000
Total Funding Sources1487603925109519501145000000
OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT ($000s)
Impact TypeTotal 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30
Maintenance2000-400400400400400
NET IMPACT2000-400400400400400
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 25 Request0
Year First AppropriationFY24
Appropriation FY 26 Request0
Last FY's Cost Estimate0
Cumulative Appropriation14876
Expenditure / Encumbrances0
Unencumbered Balance14876