Clean Fuels

 

To assist in financing the acquisition of clean fuel vehicles and related facilities for agencies providing public transportation and operating in an urbanized and non-urbanized area designated as a non-attainment or maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide. The Clean Fuels Grant program was repealed in 2013, and FTA announced the final project selection of competitive project awards on October 2, 2012.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.519
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Authorization
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, Public Law 109-59, 49 U.S.C. 5308
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public agencies, including States; municipalities and other subdivisions of States; public agencies and instrumentalities of one or more States; and public corporations, boards, and commissions established under State law. Applicant had legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out proposed project and maintain facilities and equipment purchased with Federal assistance. Applicant also operated in an urbanized area designated as a non-attainment or maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide. If the urbanized area is less than 200,000 in population, the State in which the area is located acted as the recipient.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, both users and non-users of public transportation.
Credentials/Documentation
Resolution by an authorized public body approved the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's transportation improvement program (TIP), and in the Statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) approved by FTA and FHWA. Information provided labor agreements and relocation planning; environmental impact; legal capacity; coordinated regional planning; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. An environmental impact assessment is required for construction projects.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Notice of Funding Availability was published to announce the availability of FY 2012 funds on February 7, 2012. Awards were announced in the Federal Register on October 2, 2012.
Award Procedure
An FTA grant award obligating federal funds was reflected in a grant agreement. Grants were awarded electronically using FTA's e electronic grants management system.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. It was a goal of the Federal Transit Administration to obligate grants within an average of 36 days of the submission of a complete grant application.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Funds are no longer appropriated annually. The program has been repealed.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria was specified in past Federal Register notices.
How may assistance be used?
Although the Clean Fuels Program has been repealed, past Eligible projects included the purchase or lease of clean fuel vehicles, the construction or lease of clean fuel vehicles or electrical recharging facilities and related equipment for such vehicles, and construction or improvement of public transportation facilities to accommodate clean fuel vehicles. A clean fuel vehicle is a passenger vehicle used to provide public transportation that is powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, biodiesel fuels, batteries, alcohol-based fuels, hybrid electric systems, fuel cells, clean diesel (to the extent allowed by law), or other low or zero emissions technology. Vehicles that employ lightweight composite primary structure may also be eligible. Funds can be used for capital projects only.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Non-federal entities that expend less than $750,000 federal awards were exempt from federal audit requirements for that year in which certain exceptions as determined by OMB. The Federal Transit Administration may also conduct its own audits.
Records
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 is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. The federal share is not to exceed 90 percent of the net cost to comply with or maintain compliance with the Clean Air Act. FTA has administratively determined the composite federal share for vehicles and vehicle related equipment or facilities to be 83 percent. The 90 percent share applies to the actual incremental costs of improvements for compliance with the Clean Air Act.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Terms and conditions are delineated in the grant agreement. Assistance is awarded/released by grant obligation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See list of region contacts listed in Appendix IV.
Headquarters Office
Vanessa Williams
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.

Washington, DC 20590 US
vanessa.williams@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-4818

Vanessa Williams
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590 US
Vanessa.Williams@dot.gov
Phone: 2023664818
Website Address
http://www.fta.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1137-0-1-401
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$96,577.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - The Clean Fuels Grant program was repealed in 2013, and funds are no longer available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$69,720 - $5,000,000. Average approx. $2,165,596
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please visit the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) website or contact the appropriate FTA Region office for more information. See Federal Register/ Vol.70, No. 229/ Wednesday, November 30, 2005/ Notices.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 City of Fargo, ND replaced 35-foot buses and River Valley Transit, PA construction of CNG fueling facility. Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) replaced diesel trolleys with electric trolley buses. City of Fargo, ND replaced 35-foot buses and River Valley Transit, PA construction of CNG fueling facility. Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) replaced diesel trolleys with electric trolley buses.