USDoT offers $180m for Low-No programme 

Eligible applicants for emissions-reduction grants include transit agencies and DoTs
Air Quality & Weather Systems / February 25, 2021
By Ben Spencer
USDoT’s FTA says programme allows transit agencies to replace ageing buses (© Adam Fleks |
USDoT’s FTA says programme allows transit agencies to replace ageing buses (© Adam Fleks |

The US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has made up to $180 million in grants available for its Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Programme.

The programme helps 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 US.

FTA acting administrator Nuria I. Fernandez says: "Through the Low-No grant programme, transit operators nationwide have the ability to replace ageing buses near the end of their lifecycle with newer, cleaner models that are more efficient to operate and maintain.”

To support US industry, the FTA requires that all capital procurements meet its Buy America requirements, which require all iron, steel and manufactured products to produced domestically. 

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says: "The Biden Administration is committed to investing in clean transportation, and the Low or No Emission Programme will put more American-made, energy-efficient buses into service across the country. This is an important step forward in ensuring that communities have access to high-quality, zero-emission transportation options."

Eligible applicants for Low-No funding include public transit agencies and state transportation departments. Projects will be evaluated by their benefits, implementation strategy and capacity for implementation. 

Proposals must be submitted online by 12 April. 

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