Grant Details


Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation
CFDA: 20.526
Federal FON: FTA-2024-004-TPM-BUS
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Program Management
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 04/25/2024 (Proposal)
Solicitation Date: 02/08/2024
   
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $390,045,823 (Confirmed)
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to support projects that will improve the safety of the transit system; improve the condition of, or otherwise modernize, the transit system; and enhance access and mobility within the service area, including improving reliability of service for riders, particularly for low-income or underserved communities and people with disabilities. Funds will assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and related equipment, as well as to rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants that propose funding to support the incremental cost of new technologies over the cost of replacing vehicles with standard propulsion technologies.

The funding agency seeks to support projects that:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector
  • Incorporate evidence-based climate resilience measures and features
  • Avoid adverse environmental impacts to air or water quality, wetlands, and endangered species
  • Address the disproportionate negative environmental impacts of transportation on disadvantaged communities
  • Create proportional impacts and remove transportation-related disparities to all populations in the project area, and increase equitable access to project benefits
  • Address equity and environmental justice, particularly for communities that have experienced decades of underinvestment and are most impacted by climate change, pollution, and environmental hazards
  • Support the creation of good-paying jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union, and incorporate strong labor standards and training and placement programs, especially registered apprenticeships, in the project planning stage
  • Support wealth creation through the inclusion of local inclusive economic development and entrepreneurship, such as the utilization of disadvantaged business enterprises

Priority consideration will be given to projects that will use a procurement method that reduces vehicle customization by either:

  • Identifying an intent for a joint procurement with at least three total transit agencies using a common specification
  • Committing to using a standard vehicle model

Priority consideration will also be given to projects that will use contract terms that provide funding to vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) earlier in the production process, either by using advance payments or progress payments. Refer to pages 9-10 of the NOFA for information regarding additional prioritization criteria for this program.

Applicants proposing to deploy autonomous vehicles or other innovative motor vehicle technology must demonstrate that all vehicles will comply with applicable safety requirements, including those administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Specifically, the vehicles acquired for the proposed project must comply with applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).

In general, 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, as well as project administration expenses. Zero-emission projects or such components of a project will include costs for workforce development, unless the applicant certifies that such funds are not needed.

Optional webinars are scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • Designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed-route bus operators
  • States, including territories and Washington, D.C., or local government entities that operate fixed-route bus services
  • Indian tribes

Except for projects proposed by Indian tribes, all proposals for projects in rural, non-urbanized areas must be submitted by states, either individually or as part of statewide proposals. States and other eligible entities may also submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas. Applicants that are part of statewide or consolidated proposals may also submit separate, individual proposals.

Proposals may contain projects to be implemented by the award recipient or subrecipients. Eligible subrecipients include all otherwise eligible applicants, as well as private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation. Eligible subrecipients are not required to operate fixed route bus service.

A single proposal may include both vehicle and facility components, along with associated equipment and workforce development activities.

No more than one supplemental form will be accepted per SF 424 submission. Applicants are encouraged to submit a single supplemental form that includes multiple activities to be evaluated as a consolidated proposal.

Applicants may apply both to this program and the funding agency's Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program), known in eCivis Grants Network as US14557; however, a separate application must be submitted to each program. Applicants are encouraged to submit projects for consideration under both programs whenever practicable.

Applicants proposing a low- or no-emission project through both this program and the funding agency's Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program), may include partnerships with other entities that intend to participate in the implementation of the project in the proposal, including specific vehicle manufacturers, equipment vendors, owners, or operators of related facilities, or project consultants.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (AZ)
  • City of Norwalk - Norwalk Transit System (CA)
  • City of Tallahassee (FL)
  • Madison County Mass Transit District (IL)
  • City of Bangor, Community Connector (ME)

Refer to the Award file for additional information on previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Consortia
Native American Tribe
State Government
Application Notes:

Proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 25, 2024.

Proposals must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov. Proposals submitted via hard copy, fax, email, other means will not be accepted.

Proposals must include:

  • SF 424
  • Supplemental form
  • Fleet transition plan (if applicable)
  • Additional supporting information (optional):
    • Letters of support
    • Project budgets
    • Fleet status reports
    • Excerpts from relevant planning documents

Supplemental forms must be submitted in .pdf format.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at www.ecivis.com/sam.

Optional webinars for this program are scheduled as follows:

General Session for All Applicants Webinar:
February 22, 2024
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Registration: usdot.zoomgov.com

Question-and-Answer (Q&A) Session for Rural and Tribal Applicants Webinar:
March 5, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Registration: usdot.zoomgov.com

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of need
  • Demonstration of benefits
  • Planning and local or regional prioritization
  • Local financial commitment
  • Project implementation strategy
  • Technical, legal, and financial capacity

Refer to pages 9-10 of the NOFA for information regarding additional prioritization criteria for this program.

Refer to the NOFA and SupplementalForm files for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $390,045,823 (Confirmed)
Match Notes:

Applicants must provide nonfederal cash and/or in-kind matching contributions, the amount of which will vary according to project type, as follows:

  • Leasing or acquiring transit buses for purposes of complying with or maintaining compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): at least 15 percent of the net project cost
  • Acquiring, installing, or constructing vehicle-related equipment or facilities for the purpose of complying with or maintaining compliance with the CAA or ADA: at least 10 percent of the net project cost

For all other projects, applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the project cost.

Eligible sources of match include:

  • Cash from non-government sources, other than revenues from providing public transportation services
  • Revenues derived from the sale of advertising and concessions
  • Amounts received under a service agreement with a state or local social service agency or private social service organization
  • Revenues generated from value-capture financing mechanisms
  • Funds from an undistributed cash surplus
  • Replacement or depreciation cash funds or reserves
  • New capital
  • In-kind contributions or transportation development credits

Other federal funds from non-U.S. Department of Transportation sources may only be used as match if the proposed project is eligible under the other federal program and the other federal program providing the matching funds expressly authorizes its funds to fulfill the match requirement of other federal programs.

Funding Notes:

A total of $390,045,823 is available to support awards through this program.

No single recipient will be awarded more than 10 percent of the total funding available through this program.

At least 15 percent of the total funding available through this program will be allocated to projects located in rural areas.

Awards will be made within 75 days after the application deadline.

Funds must be obligated within three fiscal years after the fiscal year in which awards are announced. Projects that can obligate funds within 12 months of award selection, and that can be implemented within a reasonable time frame, may be rated higher by the funding agency.

For projects related to zero-emission vehicles, 5 percent of the total requested award amount attributable to zero-emission project components must be used for workforce development retrain the existing workforce and develop the workforce of the future, including registered apprenticeships and other joint labor management training programs, as outlined in the applicant’s zero-emission transition plan, as well as supportive services, unless the applicant certifies that less funding is needed to carry out the zero-emission transition plan. These allocation amounts must be additional, not a take-down, from other eligible project expenses.

Up to 0.5 percent of the total requested award amount may be used for eligible workforce development activities. An additional 0.5 percent of the total requested award amount may be used for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute.

The funding agency will grant award recipients the authority to incur pre-award costs beginning on the date of the award announcement.

Funds may not be used to support or oppose union organizing.

For FY 2023, 47 awards ranging from $233,760 to $47 million were distributed through this program. For FY 2022, a total of $551,366,311 was distributed via 50 awards ranging from $115,000 to $54 million. For FY 2021, a total of $409,274,220 was distributed via 70 awards ranging from $52,972 to $22.85 million. Refer to the Award file for details.

Contacts:

Kirsten Wiard-Bauer
(202) 366-7052
FTALowNoBusNOFO@dot.gov

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Transit Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to Kirsten Wiard-Bauer. A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program can be found online at www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants.

Proposals must be submitted online at www.ecivis.com/grants.gov.

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Files:
NOFA File: US16189_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (326.7 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16189_Announcement_FY2024.pdf (190.2 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16189_Overview_FY2024.pdf (65.7 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16189_Webinar_FY2024.pdf (131.8 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US16189_SupplementalForm_FY2024.pdf (796.6 Kb)
Award File: US16189_Award_FY2024.pdf (3.0 Mb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The Announcement file contains the announcement of the solicitation for this program. The Overview file contains general program information. The Webinar file contains information regarding optional webinars that are scheduled for this program. The SupplementalForm file contains the required supplemental form for the proposal. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program can be found online at www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants. Additional program resources can be found online at www.transit.dot.gov/bus-program.

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Grant Categories
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Training & Vocational Services
Environment/Natural Resources
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Human Services
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Social Justice