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U.S. Department of Transportation: Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program

Deadline: August 6, 2018

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (Buses and Bus Infrastructure Program) will provide funds to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses.

The Buses and Bus Infrastructure Program provides funds to recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, and to states and local governmental authorities that operate fixed route bus service. Grants also may be awarded to eligible recipients for projects to be undertaken by subrecipients that are public agencies or private non-profit organizations engaged in public transportation. The age and condition of buses, bus fleets, related equipment, and bus-related facilities will be considered in selecting projects for funding. Projects that demonstrate how they will address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, and deploy connective projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks may be prioritized.

Amount: A total of $366,300,000 is available to make up to 150 awards. A minimum of 10 percent of the amount awarded will be awarded to projects located in rural areas.

Note: The maximum federal share for projects selected under the Buses and Bus Infrastructure Program is 80 percent of the net project cost, unless noted below by one of the exceptions.

  • The maximum federal share is 85 percent of the net project cost of acquiring vehicles (including clean-fuel or alternative fuel vehicles) that are compliant with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • The maximum federal share is 90 percent of the net project cost of acquiring, installing or constructing vehicle-related equipment or facilities (including clean fuel or alternative-fuel vehicle-related equipment or facilities) that are required by the ADA, or that are necessary to comply with or maintaining compliance with the Clean Air Act. The award recipient must itemize the cost of specific, discrete, vehicle-related equipment associated with compliance with ADA or CAA to be eligible for the maximum 90 percent Federal share for these costs.

Eligibility: Designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, states or local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and Indian tribes. Eligible subrecipients include all otherwise eligible applicants and also private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation.

States may submit a statewide application on behalf of public agencies or private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation in rural areas or for other areas for which a state allocates funds. Except for projects proposed by Indian tribes, all proposals for projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted by a state, either individually or as a part of a statewide application. States and other eligible applicants may also submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306423

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