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Alternative Fuel Corridors

In July 2019, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced an applied research funding opportunity for transportation agencies to assist with planning for the deployment of alternative vehicle fueling and charging facilities along Interstate corridors across the nation with the goal of filling gaps and designating corridors as "ready" as defined by the criteria established under FHWA's Alternative Fuels Corridor (AFC) Program. The projects have three main goals:

  1. Development of a Corridor Deployment Plan
  2. Designation of Corridors as "Ready"
  3. Development of Public-Private Partnerships

The FHWA designates national plug-in electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane, and natural-gas-fueling corridors in strategic locations along major highways to improve the mobility of alternative fuel vehicles. PennDOT has participated in the nomination of alternative fuel corridors to improve mobility of passenger and commercial vehicles that employ alternative fueling technologies across the commonwealth. To date, more than 1,800 miles of PA roadway have been designated as alternative fuels corridors for at least one fuel type.

Map showing electric vehicle corridors in Pennsylvania
Electric Vehicle Corridors
Map showing liquid natural gas corridors in Pennsylvania
Liquid Natural Gas Corridors

Map showing propane corridors in Pennsylvania
Propane Corridors
Map showing hydrogen corridors in Pennsylvania
Hydrogen Corridors

Map showing compressed natural gas corridors in Pennsylvania
Compressed Natural Gas Corridors

You can learn more on the Federal Alternative (ALT) Fuel Corridors website.

Alternative Fuels Corridor Deployment Plan

Pennsylvania has been selected by the Federal Highway Administration to participate in two of five Alternative Fuel Deployment plan projects. PennDOT coordinated the submission of an application to develop a plan to establish compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric vehicle (EV) fueling infrastructure along parts of I-81 and I-78 in eastern PA in response to the Alternative Fuels Corridor Deployment Plan solicitation.

PennDOT's I-81 & I-78 Alternative Fuel Deployment Plan

PennDOT's I-80 Alternative Fuel Deployment Plan

PennDOT is also a part of a multi-state application to create a deployment plan to increase EV and CNG fueling infrastructure along I-80. All of the states connected by I-80 between Iowa and New Jersey elected to participate in that proposal led by Illinois DOT.