The Infrastructure Technology Resources Consortium Seminar Series occurs every 2nd Friday through December:
- Sept 11, 2020
- Oct 9, 2020
- Nov 13, 2020
- Dec 11, 2020
December Topic: FHWA’s Alternative Fuel Corridors Program
December Speaker: Diane M. Turchetta, Transportation Specialist, US Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Abstract: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has led the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) efforts to designate national corridors to help create and expand a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure along National Highway System (NHS) corridors. These corridor designations must identify near-and long-term needs for, and locations of, charging and fueling infrastructure for passenger and commercial vehicles that use electric charging, hydrogen fuel cell, propane, and natural gas fueling technologies across the United States.
Both the Senate and House versions of the next transportation reauthorization bill contain funding for the Alternative Fuels Corridor Program. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure included a related provision (section 1303) in the draft New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, released in June 2020. The bill proposes a discretionary grant program, with funding of $350 M per year for electric vehicle charging, natural gas, and hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The presentation by Ms. Turchetta will provide details about the current and future programs related to alternative fueling.
Biography: Diane Turchetta is a Transportation Specialist in FHWA’s Office of Natural Environment (HEPN), and primarily works on transportation and sustainability issues. Diane has been with FHWA for 20 years in various positions working on a variety of transportation-related air quality matters including energy use, alternative fuels and freight emissions. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the U.S. DOT, Diane worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on fuel-related issues.