December 6, 2010
Consult the classifieds in this issue to find 3 notices, 11 bids and proposals, and 7 job opportunities!
FTA Awards a Total of $164.7 Million for Green Transit Projects
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded $164.7 million for 63 environmentally sustainable public transportation projects which, according to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, “will reduce our nation’s dependence on oil and create many good-paying green jobs for American workers.”
FTA is providing the funds through its Fiscal Year 2010 Discretionary Sustainability Funding Opportunity, which comprises two programs: $89.7 million from the Clean Fuels Grant Program, including partial funding from the Bus and Bus Facility discretionary program, and $75 million from the Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program. This second round of TIGGER grants is not funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Thirty-six of the winning projects received Clean Fuels funding, while the other 27 will be funded through TIGGER. FTA selected the grant recipients from more than 274 applications seeking a total of $1.4 billion.
“When it comes to traveling through our communities, taking transit already is the greener choice,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “But these funds will go a long way to transforming these transit providers into even greater environmental stewards with more energy-efficient operations and fewer emissions.”
The largest single grant—$10.1 million under TIGGER—goes to Foothill Transit in West Covina, CA, for the purchase of its fast charge battery electric “Ecoliner” buses and related equipment. The winning projects involve an array of such environmental innovations as installing energy-efficient technologies at transit facilities; replacing traditional diesel-powered buses with low- or zero-emission vehicles; and building compressed natural gas fueling stations.
The full list of grant recipients is available here.