DOT Announces $84.5 Million In Grants For Bus Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies.

Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive a share of the funding.

Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses that are powered by hybrid or battery electric, as well as related infrastructure investments such as charging stations.

Some examples of selected FY2018 Low-No projects include:

·        Broward County Transit in Florida will receive $2.2 million to replace aging vehicles in one of the country’s largest and most congested metro areas with zero-emission battery electric buses and supporting solar power infrastructure.

·        Lextran, the Transit Authority of Lexington, Kentucky will receive $2.3 million to purchase zero-emission battery electric buses, and will partner with a nonprofit research organization to assess the operational and cost benefits, advancing the transit industry as a whole.

·        The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will receive $1.5 million for the Rural Electrification Initiative, which will replace aging buses in rural transit fleets with battery electric buses, deploy charging stations, and make infrastructure and electrical facility upgrades.