FTA awards $1.5 billion in grants to support 117 bus transit projects in 47 states

FTA awards $1.5 billion in grants to support 117 bus transit projects in 47 states Image credit: FTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced nearly $1.5 billion in grants to support 117 projects that will improve bus transit in 47 states. The projects are supported by FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities and Low or No Emission (Low-No) programs.

The funding invests in more than 1,100 American-built buses, and about 80 percent of the buses being funded will run on zero and low-emission technology. This investment is the third bus grant package funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which has now invested nearly $5 billion in American transit buses and the infrastructure that supports them.

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities program provides federal funding for transit agencies to buy and rehabilitate buses and vans and build and modernize bus facilities. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides nearly $2 billion through 2026 for the program. For Fiscal Year 2024, approximately $390 million was available for grants under this program.

FTA's Low-and No-Emission program makes funding available to help transit agencies buy or lease U.S.-built low- or no-emission vehicles, including buses and vans, make facility and station upgrades to accommodate low- or no-emission vehicles, and buy supporting equipment like battery electric charging. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $5.6 billion through 2026 for the Low-No Program – more than ten times greater than the previous five years of funding. For Fiscal Year 2024, approximately $1.1 billion was available for grants under this program.

Examples of projects receiving FY24 funding include:

  • New Jersey Transit will receive approximately $99.5 million to build a charging facility with a solar canopy at its Meadowlands Bus Garage. 
  • Sacramento Regional Transportation District will receive $76.8 million to buy up to 29 new hydrogen fuel cell buses to replace older buses, modernize a maintenance facility, and initiate a workforce development program.
  • Colorado Department of Transportation, on behalf of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), will receive $32.8 million to modernize its Glenwood Springs Operations and Maintenance Facility to support its future zero-emission bus fleet.

Source: FTA