FTA Makes $85M in Low-No Emission Bus Grants
July 26, 2019
Earlier today, the Federal Transit Administration announced 38 grants to transit agencies for purchase of low or no emission buses, totaling $85 million.
“These grants will help communities nationwide bring the next generation of bus technology to enhance their transportation system,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“Since its establishment, FTA’s Low-No program has funded over $300 million in new buses, infrastructure, and training, helping create and maintain American jobs in a fast-growing industry,” said FTA Acting Administrator Jane Williams.
A full list of projects and project descriptions can be found on the FTA website here.
The low-no program is established in subsection (c) of 49 U.S.C. §5339 and lets federal grants pay for up to 80 percent of the cost of:
- acquiring low or no emission vehicles;
- leasing low or no emission vehicles;
- acquiring low or no emission vehicles with a leased power source;
- constructing facilities and related equipment for low or no emission vehicles;
- leasing facilities and related equipment for low or no emission vehicles;
- constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission vehicles; or
- rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission vehicles;
The total amount of grants shown below is $84,951,386. The mean (mathematical average) grant size is $2.24 million and the median grant (the number closest to the middle of the list if they were ranked largest to smallest) is $2.29 million, indicating a high degree of uniformity in grant sizes. The FAST Act of 2015 provided $55 million in contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund in 2019 for the program and the FY 2019 DOT Appropriations Act provided an additional $30 million in appropriations from the general fund of the Treasury.
The grant sizes should be viewed in the fact that a new electric transit bus probably costs somewhere in the $800 thousand to $1 million range, depending on options, so none of these transit agencies is getting a massive new bus fleet out of any one year’s awards.
FY 2019 Low-No Emission Bus Grant Awards
|State||City/Area||Grant Award||State||City/Area||Grant Award|
|AK||Alabama A&M U.||$1,700,000||MO||Springfield||$1,496,329|
|LA||Baton Rouge||$2,500,000||UT||St. George||$3,000,000|