The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for $55 million in FY 2017 funds for the Low or No Emission Bus Discretionary Grant Program. The funds will be awarded competitively for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies, including natural gas fuel systems, for transit revenue operations. The funds can also be used for related natural gas equipment or facilities.
Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses. FTA may award additional funding that is made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections. Only $31.5 million is available under the Continuing Resolution that expires on April 28, 2017.
Eligible applicants include a designated recipient of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes. Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the grants.gov website by June 26, 2017. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s website. The funding opportunity ID is FTA-2017-003-LowNo.