CTE Moderates Panel at White House Roundtable on Clean Bus Manufacturing

February 6, 2024

February 7, 2024

Lauren Justice
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Atlanta, GA – The Center for Transportation and the Environment’s (CTE) Executive Director, Dan Raudebaugh, joins transit bus manufacturers and transit operators at the White House Roundtable on Clean Bus Manufacturing. The Roundtable hosted by the White House in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), focuses on ensuring U.S. capacity to manufacture clean transit buses at the scale and pace needed to meet market demand and achieve national climate and equity goals.

CTE is moderating a discussion titled Reducing the Cost and Complexity of FTA Funded Transit Bus Procurements.  Mr. Raudebaugh will be presenting industry opinions identified through the FTA’s Transit Vehicle Innovation Deployment Centers (TVIDC) program. FTA established the TVIDC program to research and develop advanced vehicle and infrastructure technologies within the public transportation sector. Through TVIDC, FTA works with industry stakeholders to solve challenges, increase efficiency, and reduce the costs and risks of deploying zero-emission vehicles in transit operations. The TVIDC program is the primary tool that FTA’s Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation uses to help the zero-emission bus (ZEB) industry improve its products and to ensure transit agencies are educated on best practices for deployment.

On January 19, 2024, FTA engaged CTE under the TVIDC program to host an industry stakeholder group to review the challenges related to bus specifications and customizations, and to explore potential solutions. The stakeholder group included executives from zero-emission transit vehicle manufacturers (TVM), transit agencies, and other industry stakeholders. CTE provided a draft report to FTA based upon the stakeholder group’s reactions to a list of 20 potential solutions that could ultimately incentivize better manufacturing economies of scale, create healthier supply chains, reduce TVM parts inventories, and ultimately create both lower prices for transit operators and healthier TVM margins.

CTE is excited to continue to work with partners in the White House, FTA, and APTA through the TVIDC program to drive innovation, empower industry stakeholders, and advocate for zero-emission transportation.

The Center for Transportation and the Environment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the health of our climate and communities by bringing people together to develop and commercialize clean, efficient, and sustainable transportation technologies. CTE collaborates with federal, state, and local governments, fleets, and vehicle technology manufacturers to complete our mission. Over its 30-year history, CTE has built a reputation of being a trustworthy, neutral arbiter of the zero-emission vehicle technology industry. If interested in learning more about CTE, please visit cte.tv.