Tulsa Area Clean Cities (TACC), a coalition of local businesses and governments promoting alternative fuels, and Indian Nations Council of Governments have released a request for proposals (RFP) for local transportation projects that would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and the use of petroleum-based fuels as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvement program.
At stake in the RFP is $240,000 for Tulsa-area towns, cities, counties, school districts and other public entities to fund such transportation projects, which may include replacing gasoline or diesel vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles that emit fewer greenhouse-gas emissions; building alternative fuel infrastructure, such as electric vehicle charging, compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane stations; and installing idle reduction equipment and technologies that save fuel by turning off the engine while powering interior electronics with batteries.
Past recipients of CMAQ funding include the cities of Bixby, Mannford, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Tulsa and Tulsa County. According to TACC, these entities have used CMAQ awards to purchase hybrid vehicles; bi-fuel CNG trucks, paratransit vans and CNG lawnmowers; and CNG refueling equipment.
All project proposals are due Aug. 1.