FTA announces funding opportunity for technologically advanced transit buses

$130 million in FY 2020 grants were appropriated under the Low-No Program

February 03, 2020
FTA announces funding opportunity for technologically advanced transit buses

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the availability of up to $130 million in competitive grant funds through FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program

The Low-No Program helps project sponsors purchase or lease low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies for transit revenue operations, including related equipment or facilities.

"The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to improving safety, rebuilding our transportation infrastructure, and preparing for the future with new technologies," FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a statement.  

FTA will award the grants to eligible applicants, which include public transit agencies, state transportation departments, and tribal governments, on a competitive basis. Projects will be evaluated by criteria defined in federal law and in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including the applicant’s demonstration of need, the project’s benefits, project implementation strategy, and capacity for implementing the project.

The NOFO also includes criteria regarding rural challenges and innovation, in accordance with the ROUTES and Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiatives.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2020 appropriated $130 million in FY 2020 for grants under the Low-No Program. In FY 2019, the program received applications for 157 projects requesting a total of $500 million. Thirty-eight projects were funded at a total of $84.95 million.

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SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration

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