FTA Issues $84M Under Low- or No-Emission Grant Program

Jerry Ashworth
August 6, 2019 at 08:19:21 ET
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After spending a fair amount of time on our nation’s highways during the summer vacation season, we really noticed an increase in the massive amount of smog and air pollution emanating from the multitudes of vehicles clogging the roads, particularly in large urban areas. Therefore, we took some comfort in knowing that at least one grant program aims to help alleviate this concern.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced that it is awarding $84.9 million in federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 financial assistance to 38 projects in 38 states under the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. The projects were selected from 155 applicants that responded to a March notice of funding opportunity. This was the largest amount of annual funding provided under the program since FTA began making Low-No awards in FY 2016.

Rather than using gasoline and/or diesel fuel, transit buses purchased or leased by the grant recipients are powered by modern, efficient technologies, such as fuel cells, battery electric engines, and related infrastructure investments such as charging stations.

One recipient of these awards was the Vermont Agency of Transportation, which will receive $3 million to purchase all-electric buses and charging equipment and upgrade its bus facility to support electric charging for Advance Transit. The agency, which serves six communities in Vermont and New Hampshire near White River Junction, including the region’s largest employer, Dartmouth College, provides close to 900,000 trips per year.

Closer to our area, the Prince George’s County (Md.) Department of Transportation will receive $2.2 million to purchase battery electric buses and charging stations to determine the effectiveness of incorporating electric vehicles into its 95-vehicle fleet. The buses will debut on routes serving the University of Maryland, National Harbor and communities within Opportunity Zones.

We fully support all efforts the federal government can take to reduce harmful emissions into the environment. A full list of 2019 award recipients under this program is available here.

Join us for our following Federal Grants Forum:
Federal Grants Forum for Experienced Grant Recipients | September 18-20, 2019
Federal Grants Forum: Dallas, TX | October 16 – 18, 2019
2020 dates to be announced soon!
Learn more at http://grants.thompson.com/conferences.aspx.