Alt-Fuel Transit Fleets Scoop up Federal Funding Nationwide

A number of fleets across the country have received grants for alternative fueling as part of a funding round from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The FTA is awarding $366.2 million in grants to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. The funding supports projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities.

A total of 107 projects in 50 states and territories will receive funding from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. Among the alternative fuel fleets are as follows:

Alabama A&M University will receive funding to purchase electric buses, construct a bus storage facility, install bus shelters and upgrade its technology.

The City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation will receive funding to help with the electrification of its bus maintenance facilities to support a new electric bus fleet.

The City of Visalia, Calif., will receive funding to purchase new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will allow the city to continue to provide shuttle service from Visalia to Fresno.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive funding to replace diesel buses with CNG buses in Los Angeles County.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will receive funding to modernize the Woods Bus Maintenance Facility, which maintains the majority of the agency’s hybrid electric bus fleet.

Victor Valley Transit Authority (California) will receive funding to replace CNG buses that have exceeded their useful life with electric buses.

The State of Colorado will receive funding on behalf of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to replace diesel buses with clean-diesel commuter coaches. In addition, Steamboat Springs Transit will replace diesel buses with hybrid diesel-electric vehicles.

Miami Dade County (Florida) will receive funding to replace diesel buses with CNG buses throughout the fleet.

The Bloomington-Normal Public Transportation System (Illinois) will receive funding to purchase battery-electric buses.

The Bloomington Public Transportation Corp. (Indiana) will receive funding to purchase new electric buses and associated charging infrastructure.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will receive funding to expand its biodiesel bus fleet. The project will improve the on-time performance of the system and increase service in key corridors.

Montgomery County (Maryland) will receive funding to replace diesel buses with electric buses.

The City of Durham (North Carolina) will receive funding to replace diesel vehicles with new electric vehicles.

The Transit Authority of the City of Omaha (Nebraska) will receive funding to purchase associated infrastructure for CNG and electric buses.

Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (Ohio) will receive funding to replace diesel buses with electric buses.

The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (Ohio) will receive funding to make the bus wash system CNG-compliant to maintain and ensure service reliability.

WeGo Public Transit (Tennessee) will receive funding to replace aging buses with new hybrid electric models.

The Utah Transit Authority will receive funding for the construction of maintenance and operations buildings for the Depot District Clean Fuel Technology Center in Salt Lake City. The project will allow the service and maintenance of diesel, electric and natural gas buses to be centralized.

The Washington State Department of Transportation, on behalf of the rural Mason County Public Transportation Benefit Area, will receive funding to purchase hybrid buses to replace diesel buses. Another project will support the replacement of diesel buses with hybrid buses in rural Columbia County, and another will deploy propane autogas paratransit buses in rural Island County.

The City of Janesville (Wisconsin) will receive funding to buy new ADA-accessible transit buses with clean-diesel technology.

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