Buses and Bus Facilities Formula, Competitive, and Low or No Emissions Programs
Provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses and bus related equipment and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities. Provides capital funding for low or no emissions bus projects.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
FTA will award funds for battery-electric buses, hydrogen fuel cell buses, and buses powered by more common technologies, as well as supporting equipment and facilities. FTA awarded funds for battery-electric buses, hydrogen fuel cell buses, and buses powered by more common technologies, as well as supporting equipment and facilities.Fiscal Year 2017
FTA will award funds for battery-electric buses, hydrogen fuel cell buses, and buses powered by more common technologies, as well as supporting equipment and facilities.Fiscal Year 2018
Connect Transit received a grant of $6 million to buy battery electric buses to replace aging diesel buses in its fleet. Connect Transit operates 15 fixed bus routes and a paratransit service in the cities of Bloomington and Normal, Illinois, providing 2.3 million rides annually
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C. 5339
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, 49 U.S.C. 5339
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Beneficiaries of funding include states and direct recipients. After allocation of funds, fixed-route bus operators, the general public, both users and non-users of public transportation, public agencies, and private transportation companies may benefit.
Beneficiaries of funding include states and designated recipients. After allocation of funds, fixed-route bus operators, the general public, both users and non-users of public transportation, public agencies, and private transportation companies may may benefit.
Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's transportation improvement program (TIP), in the State transportation improvement program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Costs will be in accordance with 2 CFR 225 for State and Local Governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No 2 CFR 200 and FTA Circular 5100.1 "Bus and Bus Facilities Program." Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed at https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/regional-offices/regional-offices
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's electronic award management system, TrAMS. In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in TrAMS and the project information has been reviewed and approved, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.
How are proposals selected?
For the Competitive Bus Program the criteria utilized included: Demonstration of Need; Demonstration of Benefits; Project Implementation; Financial Commitment; Technical, Legal, and Financial Capacity; and Planning and Local Prioritization. For the Competitive Low-No Program the criteria utilized included: Demonstration of Need; Demonstration of Benefits; Project Implementation; Financial Commitment; Technical, Legal, and Financial Capacity; and Planning and Local Prioritization.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible capital projects include the acquisition of buses for fleet and service expansion, bus maintenance and administrative facilities, transfer facilities, transportation centers, intermodal terminals, park-and-ride stations, acquisition of replacement vehicles, bus rebuilds, passenger amenities such as passenger shelters and bus stop signs, accessory and miscellaneous equipment such as mobile radio units, supervisory vehicles, fare boxes, computers, and shop and garage equipment. Low or No Emissions grants may be used to acquire low or no emissions buses and related equipment and facilities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
A milestones progress report is required.
Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 49 Chapter 5339
Matching is voluntary. Percentages for matching: 10/15/20. The federal share is not to exceed 80 percent of the net project cost. The Federal share may be 85 percent for the cost of a vehicle that complies with the American with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act or 90 percent for the cost of vehicle-related equipment or facilities attributable to compliance with these requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds must be obligated in a grant within three years after the year in which funds are appropriated (total of four years). Reimbursement of eligible project expenses: Applicant is required to submit a grant application in the Transportation Awards Management System (TrAMS).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590 US
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590 USA
(Formula Grants) FY 18$310,024,293.00; FY 19 est $610,352,255.00; FY 20 est $461,125,163.00; FY 17$302,272,050.00; FY 16$427,800,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Current year: $165,000 - $40,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See FTA Circular 5100.1 "Bus and Bus Facilities Program." May 18, 2015.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
The same types of funded projects are expected in FY 2016. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CA) – Bus purchase. .City of Clemson dba Clemson Area Transit (SC) – Zero emission electric buses Iowa DOT (IA) - Rural vehicle purchaseFiscal Year 2017
bus procurement, passenger and maintenance facility construction, battery electric bus charging equipmentFiscal Year 2018
A transit system received funding to purchase associated infrastructure for CNG and electric buses.