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San Bernardino receives first hydrogen-powered passenger train

San Bernardino receives first hydrogen-powered passenger train

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) welcomed a new hydrogen-powered passenger train serve the area last week.

The Zero Emission Multiple Unit (ZEMU) arrived at the San Bernardino Depot Train Station on June 21, and will now begin final phase testing, which includes trips on the Arrow line between San Bernardino and Redlands and Metrolink system ahead of planned operations later this year.

The ZEMU uses a hybrid hydrogen and battery technology to propel the train and power onboard electrical systems. Water vapor is the only emission generated from the propulsion system, making the train a clean transit alternative and the first Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) compliant rail vehicle of its kind in North America.

“ZEMU’s arrival in San Bernardino is a significant milestone recognizing years of strategic planning for a greener rail system and a commitment to innovative transportation solutions in San Bernardino County,” SBCTA President Ray Marquez said. “I look forward to county residents and visitors riding ZEMU on the Arrow line in the coming months.”

Learn more about ZEMU and the Arrow line here.

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