Guidebook for Evaluating Fuel Choices for Post-2010 Transit Bus Procurements

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mode - bus, place - north america, technology - alternative fuels, technology - emissions, planning - environmental impact, economics - appraisal/evaluation


Alternate fuels, Benefit cost analysis, Decision making, Exhaust gases, Handbooks, Life cycle costing, Procurement, Spreadsheets, Transit buses


This report and its accompanying life-cycle costs and life-cycle emissions model spreadsheet (FuelCost2) will be of interest to transit managers, policymakers, operations and maintenance professionals, and others considering the deployment of, or conversion to, alternative fuel buses. The guidebook and FuelCost2 are intended for individuals who, while being quite knowledgeable about the transit industry, may not be familiar with alternative fuels and implementation issues. The guidebook and FuelCost2 provide tools to simplify the process of developing an alternative fuel strategy by clearly identifying the issues, and the costs and benefits associated with the conversion to various available alternative fuel technologies. This report updates, expands on, and replaces TCRP Report 38, "Guidebook for Evaluating, Selecting, and Implementing Fuel Choices for Transit Bus Operations."


Permission to publish abstract and link to the report has been given by Transportation Research Board.