U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $85 Million Funding Opportunity for Technologically Advanced Transit Buses

    Originally posted as an FTA press release | March 18, 2019


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the opportunity for eligible applicants to apply for up to $85 million in competitive grant funds through FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The Low-No Program helps project sponsors purchase or lease low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies for transit revenue operations, including related equipment or facilities.

    "U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and the U.S. Department of Transportation are committed to improving safety, rebuilding our transportation infrastructure, and preparing for the future with new technologies," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. "The Low-No Program supports these priorities."

    FTA will award the grants to eligible recipients, which include public transit agencies, state transportation departments, and tribes on a competitive basis. Projects will be evaluated by criteria defined in federal law and in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including the applicant’s demonstration of need, the project’s benefits, project implementation strategy, and capacity for implementing the project.

    See instructions for applying and in the "FIND" module of GRANTS.GOV with funding opportunity ID FTA-2019-002-TPM-LowNo. Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV "APPLY" function by May 14, 2019. The NOFO will be available for public inspection in the Federal Register on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 appropriated $85 million in FY 2019 for grants under the Low-No Program, authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5339(c).


    For help applying for this grant, see the National RTAP Webinar on FTA Low No Emissions Program Grant Writing.

    For more information on the Low-No funding opportunity, the FTA is hosting an informational webinar on April 11 at 1 pm CST. Click here to register for the webinar.

    Proterra will host a webinar on Tuesday, April 2nd at 1:00 pm CST about the 2019 Low-No Program. Hear an overview of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), historic program trends, and useful tips to craft a compelling and successful proposal. Register today!