U.S. Department of Transportation encourages increase in “green” fleets

Bus_iconOn Jan. 9, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $24.9 million as part of a program to boost the number of non-polluting transit buses in service nationwide.

The Low or No Emissions Vehicle Deployment Program, LoNo, was created as part of MAP-21 legislation. The current round of funding seeks to encourage the increased adoption of reliable “green energy” buses into transit fleets. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website, the FTA will award funds on a competitive basis as determined by the proposed procurement of low- or no-emission vehicles, a 60 percent “Buy America” threshold, and the demonstration of a long-term commitment of fleet conversion.

“The LoNo program will make a real difference in people’s lives by helping them get to work or school while letting them breathe clean air,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “We are proud to initiate a new program that reflects a commitment to reducing our nation’s dependence on oil while developing more sustainable sources of energy here at home.”

Of the funds available, $21.6 million is for buses and $3.3 million is for facilities and related equipment. For more information, including how to apply, see the notice in the Federal Register.

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