EC Offers Webinar on FTA Low or No Emission Vehicle Program

March 2, 2021

If your organization operates a public transit system, your fleet electrification strategies may be eligible for new federal funding. In February 2021, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $180 million of Fiscal Year 2021 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities and workforce development training. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

The Electrification Coalition provided an overview of this latest round of FTA Low-No Program funding on Feb. 25. The presentation included featured guests from FTA and several vehicle and equipment vendors. Presenters discussed the Biden Administration’s emphasis on bus electrification and reviewed available vehicles and charging options to consider for application.

Eligible projects for the 2021 FTA Low-No Program include: electric Transit Bus procurement, charging infrastructure deployment, facility upgrades, and workforce development training, with a collective focus on advancing transit bus electrification efforts. Cities, States, and Transit Agencies are eligible to apply, with further details available in the FTA’s announcement of Low-No Funding. $180 million is available in total available funds, with applications due April 12.