Request for Qualifications for Project 23-01 to Design and Build a Hydrogen Refueling Station
Background and Context
Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA) has been planning for a zero emission fleet transition since 2017. Some key milestones leading up to this RFQ include the following:
- 2018: Procurement of first battery electric bus;
- 2020: HTA completed a Battery Electric Bus Feasibility Study;
- 2021: HTA completed a Comparative Analysis of Electric and Hydrogen Transit Fleets;
- 2021: HTA Board authorized staff to pursue grant funding for zero emission infrastructure and buses;
- 2022: The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) completed the 2022-2042 Regional Transportation Plan which identifies the following related regional targets:
- 100% of public buses and school buses are zero emission by 2030;
- Each governmental agency starts converting fleet vehicles to zero-emission by 2022, with interim targets to meet the State’s 2035 goals:
- 25% of public fleet passenger cars, SUVs, and forklifts are zero-emission by 2025, and 50% by 2030, and
- 30% of public fleet medium-duty and pick-up trucks are zero-emission by 2030;
- 100% of public fleet work vehicles are zero emission by 2036;
- In Humboldt County, by 2024 hydrogen fuel is available for public transit and long-haul commercial fleet vehicles, with green hydrogen fuel available as much and as soon as possible;
- In Humboldt County, by 2030 there is sufficient hydrogen fueling infrastructure and green hydrogen fuel available to enable inter-county travel of medium and heavy-duty fuel-cell EVs;
- 2022: HTA won a Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) Cycle 5 grant to, in part, procure eleven fuel cell electric buses, construct a hydrogen fueling station, and operate a new intercity route between Eureka and Ukiah with fuel cell electric buses. The fueling station is to provide both in-yard fleet fueling and over-the-fence public fueling;
- 2023: HTA won a TIRCP Cycle 6 grant to develop a prototype fuel cell electric over-the-road coach;
- 2023: HTA Board approved the Zero Emission Bus Rollout Plan v1.0 which targets a 100% hydrogen fleet by 2040.
Through this RFQ, HTA will develop a short list of applicants eligible to apply to a Design-Build Request for Proposals that will follow this RFQ.
HTA envisions the successful bidder will develop a fueling station that HTA can grow into to successfully achieve the target fleet transition identified in the Zero Emission Bus Rollout Plan v1.0.
- Request for Qualifications for Project 23-01
- Addenda and Questions and Answers
- Notice to Qualified Bidders