The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $1.1 billion in competitive grants under the Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) and approximately $372 million under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program (Buses and Bus Facilities Program), subject to availability of appropriated funding. See the Federal Register Notice.
The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.
The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.
Additionally, recipients are permitted to use up to 0.5 percent of their requested grant award for workforce development activities eligible under federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5314(b)) and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute. For applicants proposing projects related to zero-emission vehicles for either program, 5 percent of the requested federal award must be used for workforce development activities.
Eligible Applicants: The Low-No Program provides funds to designated recipients of FTA grants, including states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes.
The Buses and Bus Facilities Program provides funds to designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed-route bus operators, states, or local governmental authorities that operate fixed- route bus service, and Indian tribes.