Portion of the FTA ‘LoNo’ Money is for Support Facilities
The Federal Transit Administration is backing LoNo – its all-new Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program – with $24.9 million “that will put a new generation of advanced, non-polluting transit buses on the road in communities nationwide.”
Of the $24.9 million in overall LoNo grant funds, there is $21.6 million buses and $3.3 million to support facilities and related equipment.
“The LoNo Program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities,” FTA says.
“The main purpose of the LoNo Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets,” the program announcement says.
“The LoNo Program is a capital program focused on deploying new production vehicles that are market-ready or near market-ready,” GTA adds. “It is not a program for designing and developing prototypes.
“The program gives priority consideration to the deployment of buses with the lowest energy consumption and least harmful emissions, including direct carbon emissions.”
Program goals include
- funding the incremental difference between a standard bus and a LoNo vehicle, “as a way to stretch procurement dollars farther;”
- incorporating the highest level of U.S.-made content, “exceeding Buy America’s current 60% threshold;” and
- demonstrating a long-term commitment to expanding LoNo fleets beyond what these program funds support, including the use of Federal formula funding.
Proposals under opportunity FTA-2014-001-TRI are due March 10.
“The LoNo program will make a real difference in people’s lives by helping them get to work or school while letting them breathe clean air,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a release.
LoNo builds on the success of FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program, the agency says, by which some $90 million was committed over seven years, closing in fiscal 2013.
LoNo was established under mid-2012’s MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.
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Source: FTA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up