Hawaii DOT Opens First NEVI-Funded EV Charging Station

The Hawaii Department of Transportation officially opened its first electric vehicle or EV charging station partially funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure or NEVI program on February 28.

[Above photo by Hawaii DOT]

The EV charging station at the Kahului Park & Ride on Maui consists of four 150 kW DC fast chargers with Combined Charging System and CHArge de MOve ports. The station – located along Route 380, also known as the Kuihelani Highway – cost $3 million to design and build, with $2.4 million coming from the NEVI program and $600,000 from the state’s highway fund.

“Providing drivers with the opportunity to choose alternatives to vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines is a critical part of the strategy to get Hawaii to a clean energy portfolio by 2045,” said Ed Sniffen, director of the Hawaii DOT, in a statement.

“When we began planning our department’s conversion to EVs we calculated an estimated annual reduction in CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions of 8,700 pounds per vehicle, which is roughly the amount of energy used by an average American home in half a year,” he added.

[Editor’s note: In June 2023, Hawaii DOT deployed the state’s very first autonomous all-electric passenger shuttle bus. Developed in collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, the AV Star All-Electric Autonomous Min-E Bus is an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant vehicle that can hold 14 passengers or 10 passengers and two passengers in wheelchairs. The vehicle is also equipped with the Perrone Robotics “TONY” system – short for “To Navigate to You” – autonomous system that Perrone said meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.]

To qualify for NEVI funding, EV charging stations must meet criteria such as having EV charging publicly available 24/7 and being no more than one mile away from the nearest U.S. Department of Transportation-designated Alternative Fuel Corridor.

The Kahului Park & Ride along Kuihelani Highway was selected as the state’s first NEVI-funded EV charging site because it is accessible 24/7 and its location is adjacent to the Maui Alternative Fuel Corridors, the Hawaii DOT noted.

The agency added that EV charging will be free to the public at this location through March 10, as time-of-use rates are being finalized. Payment and charger availability can be checked through the EV Connect App at evconnect.com/ at that time, with payment via credit card also accepted at this EV charging locale, Hawaii DOT added.

Maryland Launches Zero-Emission Bus Pilot Program

Governor Wes Moore (D), the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland Transit Administration (MDTA) recently launched a “Zero-Emission Bus Pilot Program” at the MDTA’s Kirk Bus division in Baltimore, MD.

[Above photo by the Maryland Governor’s Office]

The pilot program is part of the MDTA’s broader effort to covert its transit bus fleet to zero-emission units – a program that is part of the governor’s commitment to reduce Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2031 and having the state rely on 100 percent clean energy by 2035.

Almost three years ago, the MDTA – which is a division of the Maryland DOT – kicked off its plan to transition to zero-emissions buses, with a goal of having them comprise 50 percent of its transit bus fleet by 2030 as outlined by the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan.

The first seven zero-emission battery electric buses underwent commissioning and road testing before being deployed to regular service as a pilot to inform the transformation of the 750-bus fleet, the agency said.

“We continue our work to make Maryland the cleanest, greenest, and most sustainable state in the nation – and we are going to do it in a way that creates new pathways to prosperity for all, and not just some,” said Gov. Moore in a statement.

“I am proud that [this pilot program] launch is a step forward in our state’s environmental goals, and allows us to work alongside the Maryland Department of Labor to create new apprenticeship programs in bus maintenance,” he noted. “This is what partnership looks like as we work to make Marylander safer and more competitive. We don’t have to choose between tackling climate change and growing our economy – we can, and we will, do both.”

“MTA’s zero-emission electric buses are the next step in electrifying our transportation network to reach Maryland’s climate goals and invest in new training opportunities,” added Paul Wiedefeld, Maryland DOT secretary. “[This] new apprenticeship program with our union partners is specifically designed to train zero-emission bus maintenance mechanics and ensure our workforce has the tools and training needed to maintain the new fleet of zero-emission buses.”

“Transit is an essential part of reducing our carbon footprint and improving our environment,” said noted Holly Arnold, MDTA’s administrator. “Our Zero-Emission Pilot program is just one of the many ways we’re focused on creating a more sustainable future.”

Environmental News Highlights – March 6, 2024


FHWA Offering $250M in Congestion Reduction Grants -AASHTO Journal

EPA Making $3B Worth of Clean Port Grants Available -AASHTO Journal

To Electrify Trucking, Start With a Blueprint -Government Technology

The Transportation Department proposes new rules for how airlines handle wheelchairs –NPR

America’s small cities value sustainability -Share America (US Department of State)

Green groups to petition Biden for cleanup rules for offshore oil infrastructure -The Hill

EPA fights push to regulate noise pollution -E&E News



Meeting held to discuss West Virginia’s plan to address electric vehicle infrastructure -WCHS-TV

Construction begins on barrier wall along railroad beneath San Clemente landslide -San Diego Union-Tribune

New York City rolls out new e-bike charging stations for delivery workers -WABC-TV

Norway Orders World’s First Battery-Power Autonomous Ferries -Maritime Executive



E-bike incentives are a costly way to cut carbon emissions, but they also promote health, equity and cleaner air -The Conversation

EPA has tightened its target for deadly particle pollution – states need more tools to reach it -Alaska Beacon (commentary)



With national spotlight on Baltimore, transportation equity problems shine through -WYPR Radio

California’s polluted communities could miss out on billions under state’s flawed system –CalMatters

Equity Guides Initiatives at USDOT -Transport Topics

Equity in Practice: Strengthening Transit Through Community Partnerships –TransitCenter



Virginia takes steps to track ‘forever chemicals’ in water sources -Environmental Health News

‘Beer bottles, mattresses, ladders’: Maryland crews tackle cleanup of 17,000 miles of roadway -WTOP Radio

Mitigating the impacts of invasive species in Texas -Texas A&M Forest Service (media release)



Forrest County, MS seeks grant to fund walking trail down the Leaf River -WDAM-TV



Spokane looks to make roads safer for pedestrians and bikers -KHQ-TV (video)

Pedestrian deaths fell modestly last year, but there’s still a safety ‘crisis’ –NPR

How Hoboken Has Gone Years Without a Traffic Death –Governing

Why Is Everyone in San Francisco Freaking out about a Protected Bike Lane? –Velo

Colorado lawmakers consider annual fee for larger vehicle registrations to fund cyclist, pedestrian infrastructure -KMGH-TV

Columbus planning two-mile urban pathway through downtown for bikes and pedestrians -WSYX-TV

Geofencing proposed to stop speeding on Hermosa Beach Strand -Easy Reader and Peninsula



Foundations in Shrink Swell Soil—Innovation and State of Practice -TRB (webinar)

Fresh Perspectives: Native American Artists Portray Transportation’s Impact -TR News



Draft Criteria for Product Category Rules to Support the Label Program for Low Embodied Carbon Construction Materials; Notice of Availability, Webinar and Request for CommentEnvironmental Protection Agency (Notice)

Notice of Public Meeting of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee -Office of the Secretary, Interior (Notice)

Invasive Species Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations -Office of the Secretary, Interior (Notice)

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meetings -EPA (Notice)

Information Regarding Allowances Used in Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) Trading Programs -EPA (Notice of data availability)

Request for Nominations to the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) -EPA (Notice)

Notice of President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council Meeting -Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) (Notice; request for comments)

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council -Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission Notice of Public Meeting -National Park Service (Meeting notice)

Adoption of Categorical Exclusions Under the National Environmental Policy ActNorthern Border Regional Commission (Notice)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Expected Wind Energy Development in the New York Bight; Extension of Comment Period -Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice)

Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for Park City Wind LLC’s Proposed New England Wind Farm Offshore Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York -Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice)