FTA announces Low or No Emission Grant funding opportunity

FTA says this year's program will prioritize applications with an environmental justice component

February 11, 2021 / 1 minute read
FTA Low Or No Emission Grant Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability of up to $180 million in competitive grant funds through the agency's Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program.

The Low-No Program helps eligible project sponsors purchase or lease low- or no-emission vehicles and supports facilities that use advanced technologies to provide cleaner, more energy efficient transit operations in communities across the country. FTA says this year's program will prioritize applications with an environmental justice component as well as those that will support workforce development activities to help America’s transit workers succeed.

FTA says it is placing a priority on projects that will help improve air quality in non-attainment and maintenance areas for certain criteria pollutants under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

"Through the Low-No grant program, transit operators nationwide have the ability to replace aging buses near the end of their life cycle with newer, cleaner models that are more efficient to operate and maintain," FTA Acting Administrator Nuria I. Fernandez said in a statement.

Eligible applicants for Low-No funding include public transit agencies, state transportation departments, and Indian Tribes. Projects will be evaluated by criteria defined in Federal law and in the funding notice, including the applicant’s demonstration of need, the project's benefits, project implementation strategy, and capacity for implementing the project.

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SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration

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