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Announcement of Fiscal Year 2020 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program Project Selections

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.


Notice; Announcement of Project Selections. Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.


The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the allocation of $463,848,929 to projects under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (Bus and Bus Facilities Program) and provides administrative guidance on project implementation.

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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 at​. Unsuccessful applicants may contact Mark G. Bathrick, Office of Program Management at (202) 366-9955, email:, within 30 days of this announcement to arrange a proposal debriefing. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

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Federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5339(b)) authorizes FTA to make competitive grants for buses and bus facilities. Federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5338) authorized $289,044,179 for competitive allocations in FY 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-94) appropriated an additional $170 million for the Buses and Bus Facilities Program for FY 2020. An additional $20,401 of unawarded FY 2019 and $9,273,773 in FY 2016 funding was also made available. After the statutory set, aside for oversight, $463,920,522 was available for competitive grants under the Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

On January 30, 2020, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (85 FR 5538) announcing the availability of $454,626,348 in competitive funding under the Buses and Bus Facilities Program, with the option to award additional funds if they are made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections. These funds will provide financial assistance to states and eligible public entities to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses, vans, and related equipment, and for capital projects to rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities. In response to the NOFO, FTA received 282 eligible project proposals from 48 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico requesting approximately $1.846 billion in Federal funds. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria outlined in the NOFO.

Based on the criteria in the NOFO, FTA is funding 96 projects, as shown in Table 1, for a total of $463,848,929. Recipients selected for competitive funding are required to work with their FTA Regional Office to submit a 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 only 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 described in the NOFO.

In cases where the allocation amount is less than the proposer's total requested amount, recipients are required to fund the scalable project option as described in the application. If the award amount does not correspond to the scalable option, the recipient should work with the Regional Office to reduce scope or scale the project such that a complete phase or project is accomplished. Recipients may also provide additional local funds to complete a proposed project. 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. 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 current FTA Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information and Interim Guidance at​funding/​apportionments. Post-award reporting requirements include submission of Federal Financial Reports and Milestone Progress Reports in TrAMS (see FTA Circular 5010.1E,​regulations-and-guidance/​fta-circulars/​award-management-requirements-circular-50101e). 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. FTA emphasizes that recipients must follow all third-party procurement requirements set forth in Federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5325(a)) and described in the FTA Third Party Contracting Guidance Circular (FTA Circular 4220.1,​regulations-and-guidance/​fta-circulars/​third-party-contracting-guidance). Funds allocated in this announcement must be obligated in a grant by September 30, 2023.

Technical Review and Evaluation Summary: The FTA assessed all project proposals that were submitted under the FY 2020 Bus and Bus Facilities Program competition according to the following evaluation criteria. The specific metrics for each criterion were described in the January 30, 2020, NOFO:

1. Demonstration of Need

2. Demonstration of Benefits

3. Planning/Local Prioritization

4. Local Financial Commitment

5. Project Implementation Strategy

6. Technical, Legal, and Financial Capacity

For each project, a technical review panel assigned a rating of Highly Recommended, Recommended, or Not Start Printed Page 50881Recommended for each of the six criteria. The technical review panel then assigned an overall rating of Highly Recommended, Recommended, Not Recommended, or Ineligible to the project proposal.

Projects were assigned a final overall rating of Highly Recommended if they were rated Highly Recommended in at least four categories overall, with no Not Recommended ratings. Projects not rated Highly Recommended, were assigned a final overall rating of Recommended if the projects had no Not Recommended ratings. Projects were assigned a rating of Not Recommended if they received a Not Recommended rating in any criteria. The final overall ratings are summarized for 282 eligible project proposals in the table below.

Overall Project Ratings

[Eligible submissions]

Highly Recommended174
Not Recommended40

As outlined in the NOFO, FTA made the final selections based on the technical ratings as well as geographic diversity, projects that support the FTA Accelerating Innovative Mobility and/or United States Department of Transportation Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success Initiatives, percentage of local cost share, location in or support of an opportunity zone, and/or receipt of other recent competitive awards.

As further outlined in the NOFO, in some cases, due to funding limitations, proposers that were selected for funding received less than the amount originally requested.

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K. Jane Williams,

Deputy Administrator.

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Table 1—FY 20 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Project Selections

StateRecipientProject IDProject descriptionAllocation
AKFairbanks North Star BoroughD2020-BUSC-096Transit Facility Phase 2$10,403,343
AKKetchikan Indian Community (KIC)D2020-BUSC-097Vehicle Procurement93,000
ALCity of Huntsville, AlabamaD2020-BUSC-098Multimodal Transfer Station Construction and Operating Facility Re-design and Renovation12,541,782
AZCity of Phoenix Public Transit DepartmentD2020-BUSC-099Bus Replacement6,948,750
CACalifornia Department of Transportation on behalf of Kern Regional TransitD2020-BUSC-100Construction of Kern Transit Bus Maintenance Facility1,400,000
CASolano County TransitD2020-BUSC-101Solano County Transit Electrical Infrastructure for Charging All-Electric Buses1,850,000
CAButte County Association of GovernmentsD2020-BUSC-102Purchase electric buses and associated charging equipment1,767,769
CACity of DavisD2020-BUSC-103Bus Replacement Program—Battery Electric Buses3,760,000
CAMonterey-Salinas TransitD2020-BUSC-104Transit System Improvement Project of Monterey County2,521,984
COColorado Department of Transportation on behalf of Roaring Fork Transportation AuthorityD2020-BUSC-105Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Regional Transit Center Renovation and Expansion11,475,000
COColorado Department of Transportation on behalf of Durango TransitD2020-BUSC-106Durango Transit Replacement Vehicles479,444
COColorado Department of Transportation on behalf of ECO TransitD2020-BUSC-107ECO Transit Bus Replacement Project800,000
COColorado Department of Transportation on behalf of Estes ParkD2020-BUSC-108Electric Trolley Facility and Electric Trolley Charger for Estes Park300,800
COColorado Department of Transportation on behalf of Archuleta CountyD2020-BUSC-109Archuleta County Bus Center and Bus Purchase1,812,000
CTConnecticut Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-110CTtransit Stamford Facility Upgrades to Deploy Battery Electric Buses (BEB)6,730,532
DCDistrict Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-111DC Circulator South Capitol Street Facility Modernization and Expansion Initiative5,984,319
DEDelaware Transit CorporationD2020-BUSC-112Dover Operations Solar Power2,480,000
FLCollier, County ofD2020-BUSC-113Collier Area Transit Maintenance Facility Enhancement and Bus Replacement9,020,000
FLHillsborough Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-114Electric Buses and Infrastructure2,742,675
FLPinellas Suncoast Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-115Electric Bus Expansion1,239,710
FLCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority, dba LYNXD2020-BUSC-116Battery Electric Bus Replacements2,840,000
FLJacksonville Transportation AuthorityD2020-BUSC-117Replacing, Rehabilitating and Overhauling JTA's Facilities and Buses11,986,230
GAMetropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)D2020-BUSC-118Clayton County Multipurpose Operations and Maintenance Facility13,000,000
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GUGuam Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-119Guam Regional Transit Authority's (GRTA) purchase of Electric Buses, Electric Cars, Charging Stations and new Park and Ride Facility Phase19,558,120
HIHawaii Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-120Purchase Hybrid Buses for Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui9,596,669
IAIowa Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-121Iowa Bus Replacement Project5,541,710
IACity of DubuqueD2020-BUSC-122Fleet Replacement, Improvements and New Facility Amenities1,073,000
IDValley Regional TransitD2020-BUSC-123Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Island System Renovation and Parking Lot Rehabilitation and Expansion2,140,000
ILBloomington-Normal Public Transit System (DBA Connect Transit)D2020-BUSC-124Downtown Bloomington Transportation Center8,000,000
ILPace Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation AuthorityD2020-BUSC-125Lease of Bus Facility Supporting I-90 Service Expansion850,464
ILGreater Peoria Mass Transit DistrictD2020-BUSC-126Construction of a New Facility and Rehabilitation of Existing Maintenance & Operations Building10,000,000
INBloomington Public Transportation CorporationD2020-BUSC-127Bus Replacement, Fleet Transition to Low-No Emission Vehicles3,200,000
INGreater Lafayette Public Transportation CorporationD2020-BUSC-128Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station Expansion Project1,200,000
KSTopeka Metropolitan Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-129Bus System Reliability and Resiliency Improvements4,987,500
KYKentucky Transportation CabinetD2020-BUSC-130Statewide Vehicle Procurement3,070,671
KYTransit Authority of Central KentuckyD2020-BUSC-131TACK Fleet Replacement2,037,920
LANew Orleans Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-132Bus Replacement13,916,000
MAMontachusett Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-133Procure Innovative Automated Fare Collection System1,000,000
MALowell Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-134Bus and Lift Replacements4,620,000
MAWorcester Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-135Account-Based Mobile Fare Payment System722,606
MAPioneer Valley Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-136New Bus Wash Systems for PVTA Bus Maintenance Garages in Northampton and at UMass Amherst1,536,000
MABerkshire Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-137Bus Replacement333,732
MDMDOT Maryland Transit Administration on behalf of The County Commissioners of Carroll CountyD2020-BUSC-138Carroll County, MD Light Duty Bus Replacement118,174
MDMDOT Maryland Transit Administration on behalf of Harford County MarylandD2020-BUSC-139CNG Bus Procurement3,437,370
MDMDOT Maryland Transit Administration on behalf of Howard County, MarylandD2020-BUSC-140Replacement Buses and Automated Bus Stop Announcements1,239,024
MEGreater Portland Transit DistrictD2020-BUSC-141Bus Replacement Project821,526
MEMaine Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-142Acadia Gateway Center Phase 2 Completion9,000,000
MECity of BangorD2020-BUSC-143Bus Stops and Shelters396,800
MIMichigan Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-144Bus facility rehabilitation and expansion for rural transit agencies2,365,600
MIMichigan Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-145Vehicle replacements and expansions for rural public transit agencies4,924,382
MIMichigan Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-146New construction of a Bay Area Transportation Authority headquarters facility and transfer station13,380,000
MIBattle Creek, City of Battle Creek TransitD2020-BUSC-147Bus Replacement5,340,000
MICapital Area Transportation AuthorityD2020-BUSC-148Rehabilitation and Repairs to Downtown Bus Terminal Building1,824,416
MNMinnesota State Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-149Rural Transit Bus Replacement Project4,412,890
MNMetropolitan Council/Metro Transit on behalf of Minnesota Valley Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-150Burnsville Bus Garage Modernization2,800,000
MOKansas City Area Transportation AuthorityD2020-BUSC-151Operations Center Improvements7,980,000
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MSCity of HattiesburgD2020-BUSC-152Hub City Transit Bus Stop Improvements1,831,200
MTMontana Department of Transportation on behalf of Opportunity Link, IncD2020-BUSC-153Bus Replacement Project201,549
NCTown of Chapel HillD2020-BUSC-154Electric Buses and Infrastructure5,600,000
NCCity of AshevilleD2020-BUSC-155Bus Stop Enhancement and Improvement Project1,000,000
NCCity of FayettevilleD2020-BUSC-156Bus Replacement1,734,000
NDNorth Dakota Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-157Statewide Bus Purchases15,000,000
NEThe Transit Authority of the City of OmahaD2020-BUSC-158Bus Procurement13,558,199
NHCity of NashuaD2020-BUSC-159Safety, Security and Passenger Technology Enhancements821,500
NJNew Jersey Transit CorporationD2020-BUSC-160Wayne Bus Garage Modernization14,672,995
NMOhkay OwingehD2020-BUSC-161PoPay Messenger Transit Service Facility582,664
NVRegional Transportation Commission of Washoe CountyD2020-BUSC-162Hybrid Electric Replacement Buses4,080,000
NYNew York City Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-163South Bronx Bx6 Select Bus Service10,000,000
NYCounty of SuffolkD2020-BUSC-164Battery Electric Transit Bus Purchase1,600,000
OHGreater Dayton Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-165Bus Replacement4,324,608
OHButler County Regional Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-166Chestnut Street Multimodal Station and Shared Services Facility2,000,000
OHPortage Area Regional Transportation AuthorityD2020-BUSC-167CNG Bus Replacement446,742
OKOklahoma Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-168Rural Transportation Operations and Maintenance Facility—Phase 2 & 39,120,000
OKOklahoma Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-169Ki Bois Area Transit System—Oklahoma's Rural and Tribal Connection1,452,544
OKMetropolitan Tulsa Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-170Bus Replacement and Service Modernization3,175,604
ORRogue Valley Transportation DistrictD2020-BUSC-171Bus Procurement2,687,000
ORLane Transit DistrictD2020-BUSC-172Electric Bus Procurement3,952,851
PACity of HazletonD2020-BUSC-173Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility10,000,000
PAErie Metropolitan Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-174CNG Bus Procurement1,466,250
PRMunicipio de CarolinaD2020-BUSC-175Bus Procurement2,482,880
RIRhode Island Public Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-176RIPTA Bus Procurement Program8,913,508
SCBerkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of GovernmentsD2020-BUSC-177Hospitality on Peninsula (HOP) Park & Ride Lot and Multimodal Transit Hub2,777,211
SDSouth Dakota Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-178Rural Transit Vehicles Procurement1,636,000
TXTexas Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-179Rural Transit Facility Development Project10,210,000
TXMetropolitan Transit Authority of Harris CountyD2020-BUSC-180Fare Collection System14,770,058
TXCity of ConroeD2020-BUSC-181Conroe Connection Transit Bus Expansion and Replacement896,000
UTCache Valley Transit DistrictD2020-BUSC-182Cache Valley Transit District Bus Storage and Maintenance Facility18,000,000
VTVermont Agency of TransportationD2020-BUSC-183Statewide Small Bus and Sprinter Replacement Project836,355
WAWashington State Department of TransportationD2020-BUSC-184Rural Buses and Bus Facilities4,871,549
WAIntercity TransitD2020-BUSC-185/D2020-BUSC-186/D2020-BUSC-187Maintenance Facility Renovation, Expansion, and Modernization Project11,345,700
WASpokane Transit AuthorityD2020-BUSC-188Double Decker Bus Procurement2,950,000
WACentral Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit)D2020-BUSC-189Bus Procurement4,800,000
WAKing County Metro TransitD2020-BUSC-190HVAC Systems Replacement4,532,400
WICity of MadisonD2020-BUSC-191Articulated Bus Procurement4,676,760
WIMilwaukee CountyD2020-BUSC-192Fleet Maintenance Facility Roof Replacement3,003,628
WYWyoming Department of Transportation on behalf of the University of WyomingD2020-BUSC-193Transit Maintenance and Storage Facility4,237,262
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[FR Doc. 2020-17970 Filed 8-17-20; 8:45 am]