FTA Making Nearly $410M Worth of Bus Grants Availableeditor@aashto.org September 24, 2021 0 COMMENTS
The Federal Transit Administration is making up to $409.6 million in competitive grants available to support building and maintaining transit buses and vans in communities nationwide.
[Above photo by the MBTA]
In a notice of funding opportunity issued September 21, the FTA said that grant money – available through the agency’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program – seeks to help transit agencies modernize their bus fleets and better connect their riders with jobs and opportunities. The deadline for applications is November 19.
FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez said her agency is encouraging applicants for this round of grant funding to submit projects that will help improve air quality and promote environmental justice.
“Transit operators nationwide have an opportunity to replace aging buses and facilities with newer, cleaner infrastructure that is more efficient to operate and maintain,” she explained in a statement. “Modern buses, particularly those powered with battery-electric or fuel cells, improve air quality and help us address the climate crisis.”
FTA is also encouraging applicants to consider submitting projects that boosting racial equity in planning and policies. The agency also plans to favor projects investments that either proactively address racial equity and barriers to opportunity, including automobile dependence as a form of barrier
As part of FTA’s commitment to helping transit workers keep up with technological advancements, grant recipients will be encouraged to use up to 0.5 percent of their award for workforce development activities and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute.