Midwest Alternative Fuel Corridor Convening

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The Midwest Alternative Fuel Corridor Convening was the first in a series of regional convenings sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. It was hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in St. Paul on June 12, 2018. A total of 52 stakeholders participated, five of which participated remotely via teleconference. The convening focused on addressing the barriers and opportunities to expanding the network of alternative fuel corridors in the Midwest. A planning committee comprised of alternative fuel stakeholders in the region was formed to help shape the agenda for the convening.

About the Regional Convenings

The Midwest Alternative Fuel Corridor Convening took place on June 12, 2018 in St. Paul Minnesota

Webinar Follow-up

The Federal Highway Administration, Cadmus, and CALSTART hosted this webinar as a follow up to the Midwest Alternative Fuel Corridor Convening held in St. Paul on June 12, 2018. The webinar provided an overview of the convening, convening key outcomes and lessons learned, updates from key alternative fuel partnerships in the Midwest, and an update on the development of the corridor version of the Alternative Fuels Data Center Station Locator tool.

Convening Fact Sheets

Convening Materials

Host Welcome

Minnesota leadership and the FHWA’s lead on alternative fuel corridors provided welcome and introductory remarks on the importance of regional coordination and partnerships to support the development of alternative fuel corridors and a sustainable transportation network.

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Charles Zelle, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Diane Turchetta, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Federal Highway Administration

Setting the Stage: Partnership Goals and Objectives

Meeting hosts presented convening objectives to enhance multi-state collaboration, evaluate key barriers, and find solutions to advance alternative fuel corridors in the Midwest.

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Geoff Morrison, Senior Associate, Sustainable Transportation Practice, Cadmus

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Alycia Gilde, Director, CALSTART

Designated Corridors and Infrastructure Gap Analysis

FHWA provided an update on regional alternative fuel corridors analysis, highlighting potential target areas for continued corridor development.

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Mike Scarpino, Transportation Project Engineer, and Stephen Costa, Technical Analyst, U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center

Midwest Alternative Fuel Corridor Initiatives

Partners throughout the region presented on innovative programs currently advancing alternative fuel corridors for electric, hydrogen, propane, and compressed natural gas vehicles.

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Carl Lisek, Executive Director, South Shore Clean Cities

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Lisa Thurstin, Senior Manager, Clean Fuel & Vehicle Technologies, American Lung Association and Minnesota Clean Cities

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Tim Sexton, Director, Transit and Active Transportation, Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Mark Finnicum, Chief Operations Officer, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA)

Filling the Gap:  Strategy, Technology, and Partnership for Infrastructure Development

Public and private partners discussed the challenges and best practices for the planning and implementation of alternative fuel corridors. Technology and fuel suppliers, utilities, government and fleets shared perspectives on how to “fill the infrastructure gap.”

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Gilbert Nunez, Manager, Customer Solutions and Business Development, Alliant Energy

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Joel Fasnacht, Business Development, Alternative and Commercial Fuels, Kwik Trip

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Kevin Miller, Director, Public Policy, ChargePoint

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Ryan Erickson, General Manager of Strategic Development, Trillium

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Jeff Hove, Fuels Specialist, National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO)

Sneak Preview: Alternative Fuels Data Center Station Locator Redesign and Corridor Tool

NREL shared upcoming changes to the AFDC alternative fueling station locator and introduced a corridor tool under development, allowing attendees to provide their input and feedback.

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Matt Rahill, Alternative Fuels Data Center Lead, and Johanna Levene, Manager – Transportation Data and Tools, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Improving Visibility: Posting Signage and Promoting Benefits of Alternative Fuel Corridors

Partners discussed the strategies, partnerships, and resources required to build awareness on the availability and benefits of alternative fuel corridors, as well as experiences developing corridor signage and how strategic outreach can drive demand and market growth for advanced vehicles.

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Ryan Erickson, General Manager of Strategic Development, Trillium

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Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities and Carl Lisek, Executive Director, South Shore Clean Cities

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Samantha Bingham, Clean Transportation Program Director, Chicago Department of Transportation & Chicago Area Clean Cities

Funding for Corridors: Federal & State Funds, Volkswagen Settlement and Innovative Financing

Partners evaluated the challenges and opportunities to fund alternative fuel infrastructure projects to expand corridors. Topics included federal grant programs such as the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, state status on Volkswagen Settlement funds and potential use for infrastructure, the role of utilities in infrastructure costs and development, and approaches to innovative financing.

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Samantha Bingham, Clean Transportation Program Director, Chicago Department of Transportation & Chicago Area Clean Cities

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Leigh Oesterling, Planning and Environment Team Leader, Ohio FHWA Division Office

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Angie Poole, Transportation Planner, Iowa Department of Transportation

Our Path Forward: Sustaining Partnerships for Corridor Growth

Partners summarized convening outcomes, evaluated opportunities to improve regional coordination, committed to partnership, and put forth actions to expand alternative fuel corridors and the marketplace for advanced vehicle technologies in the Midwest.

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AFV Action Guide for State and Regional Transportation Agencies