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Announcement of Fiscal Year 2016 Low or No Emission Grant Program Project Selections

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Federal Transit Administration




The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations for the Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program), as authorized by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) Act. The FAST Act authorized $55 million for competitive allocations in FY 2016. On March 29, 2016, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (81 FR 17553) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the Low-No Program. These program funds will provide financial assistance to states and eligible public agencies for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies and for related equipment or facilities use for transit revenue operations.

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Successful applicants should contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office for information regarding applying for the funds or program-specific information. A list of Regional Offices can be found Start Printed Page 61732at Unsuccessful applicants may contact Tara Clark, Office of Program Management at (202) 366-2623, email:, to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

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In response to the NOFO, FTA received 101 proposals from 32 states requesting $446 million in Federal funds, indicating significant demand for funding for low or no emission capital projects. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria outlined in the NOFO.

FTA is funding 20 projects as shown in Table 1 for a total of $55 million. Recipients selected for competitive funding should work with their FTA Regional Office to finalize the grant application in FTA's Transit Award Management System (TrAMs) for the projects identified in the attached table to quickly obligate funds. Grant applications must include eligible activities applied for in the original project application. Funds must be used consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible capital purposes established in the NOFO and described in the FTA Circular 9030.1E.

In cases where the allocation amount is less than the proposer's total requested amount, recipients must fund the scalable project option as described in the application. If the award amount does not correspond to the scalable option, for example due to a cap on the award amount, the recipient should work with the Regional Office to reduce scope or scale of the project such that a complete phase or project is accomplished. Recipients are reminded that program requirements such as cost sharing or local match can be found in the NOFO. A discretionary project identification number has been assigned to each project for tracking purposes and must be used in the TrAMs application.

Selected projects are eligible to incur costs under pre-award authority no earlier than the date projects were publicly announced, July 26, 2016. Pre-award authority does not guarantee that project expenses incurred prior to the award of a grant will be eligible for reimbursement, as eligibility for reimbursement is contingent upon other requirements, such as planning and environmental requirements, having been met. For more about FTA's policy on pre-award authority, please see the FTA Fiscal Year 2016 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information and Interim Guidance found in 81 FR 7893 (February 16, 2016). Post-award reporting requirements include submission of the Federal Financial Report and Milestone progress reports in TrAMs as appropriate (see Grant Management Requirements FTA.C.5010.1D and Urbanized Area Formula Program: Program Guidance and Application Instructions C9030.1E). Recipients must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements in carrying out the project supported by the FTA grant. For selected projects that involve partnerships, the competitive selection process will be deemed to satisfy the requirement for a competitive procurement under 49 U.S.C. 5325(a). All other recipients must follow all third-party procurement guidance as described in FTA.C.4220.1F. Funds allocated in this announcement must be obligated in a grant by September 30, 2019.

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Carolyn Flowers,

Acting Administrator.

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TABLE 1—FY 16 Low or No Emission Project Selections

StateRecipientProject IDProject descriptionAllocation
CACentral Contra Costa Transit AuthorityD2016-LWNO-001County Connection Battery Electric Bus Project$2,684,311
CALong Beach Public Transportation CompanyD2016-LWNO-002LBT 30-foot Battery Electric Bus Project1,172,867
CASanta Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)D2016-LWNO-003VTA Battery-Electric Zero Emission Bus, Charging and maintenance Facility Project2,458,305
CASanta Cruz Metropolitan Transit DistrictD2016-LWNO-004Santa Cruz METRO Electric Bus Deployment3,810,348
CASunLine Transit AgencyD2016-LWNO-005SunLine Center of Excellence in Zero Emission Technology (Fuel Cell/Electric Bus Maintenance Facility)1,519,855
DEDelaware Transit CorporationD2016-LWNO-006Delaware Transit Corporation Deployment of Battery Electric Buses2,029,300
FLMiami-Dade CountyD2016-LWNO-007Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works Electric Bus Purchase for Bus Replacement Program2,357,143
ILChicago Transit AuthorityD2016-LWNO-008Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Electric Bus Program—Purchase Electric Buses and Charging Stations3,620,000
KYTransit Authority of Lexington-Fayette Urban Co GovtD2016-LWNO-009Lextran Zero-Emission Electric Bus Fleet Expansion Project683,400
LACity of ShreveportD2016-LWNO-010City of Shreveport Electric Bus Deployment Project3,905,377
MOThe City of ColumbiaD2016-LWNO-011City of Columbia Zero Emission Bus Deployment Project1,712,300
NYCapital District Transportation AuthorityD2016-LWNO-012Expanding CDTA's Clean, Greener footprint Purchase Zero Emission Electric Buses and Associated Support Equipment767,500
ORLane Transit DistrictD2016-LWNO-013Lane Transit District Zero Emission Bus Project (LTD-ZEB)3,479,675
ORTri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of OregonD2016-LWNO-014TriMet Zero Emission Bus Project (TriMet-ZEB)3,405,750
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SCCity of Clemson dba Clemson Area TransitD2016-LWNO-015Clemson Area Transit Zero Emission Bus Project (CAT-ZEB Project)3,905,378
TXPort Arthur TransitD2016-LWNO-016Port Arthur Transit Zero Emission Bus Deployment3,905,377
UTUtah Department of TransportationD2016-LWNO-017Support Implementation of Zero Emission BRT Route to Better Serve the Park City Communities3,905,378
WACity of Everett, Everett TramsotD2016-LWNO-018Replacement of Diesel Buses with No emission Electric Buses3,358,459
WAPierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area CorporationD2016-LWNO-019Pierce Transit Electric Bus Deployment2,550,788
WAThe Chelan Douglas Public Transportation Benefit AreaD2016-LWNO-020Electrification of Link Transit's Urban Bus Fleet Using High Power On-Route Wireless Charging3,768,489
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[FR Doc. 2016-21430 Filed 9-6-16; 8:45 am]