The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is asking state and local officials to consider designating certain roadways as alternative fuel corridors where motorists can access alternative fuels. This is an effort to “fulfill a directive” in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of increased zero-emission areas.
“We can’t have Smart Cities without Smart Highways,” says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Making sure drivers with alternative fuel vehicles can use the national highway system, rather than being limited only to local areas, is the next step in advancing America’s transportation network.”
FHWA posted a notice covering the request the Federal Register, along with requiring Foxx to “solicit and designate national plug-in electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling corridors along major highways.”
“By identifying where alternative fueling stations can be found we can accelerate the use of innovative next-generation vehicles, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure our transportation network meets the needs of 21st-century drivers,” says FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau.
The agency says this effort “will develop a process to make formal corridor designations – including identifiable national signs like the red, white and blue “shield” signs used on U.S. Routes – once established criteria are met.”
FHWA is asking initial nominations for the corridors by Aug. 21, and says it will be developing a process for future nominations and designations.