Alternative-Fuel Corridors Announced

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced 55 routes across 35 states that will serve as the beginnings of a national network of alternative-fuel corridors. The network spans nearly 85,000 miles, although it will grow as more alternative-fueling sites are built to serve future electric, hydrogen, propane and natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Corridors that already have alternative-fueling sites in operation will be eligible for signs alerting drivers to the presence of the stations. The signs look similar to those already on highways alerting drivers to food, gasoline and lodging options at each exit, according to a report fro CSP Daily News.

The establishment of the corridors fulfills a directive in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act. In July, Anthony Foxx, U.S. transportation secretary, asked states to nominate potential corridors on major highways that feature electric-vehicle (EV) charging, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fueling locations. Congress designated these specific fuels in the FAST Act.

The government hopes that the establishment of the alternative-fuel corridors, which will serve lower-emission vehicles, will help the United States meet its 2015 pledge to cut greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent or more by 2050.