Five Florida entities each received $1 million Low-No Emission Grants from the Federal Transit Administration for fiscal year 2017. The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

The organizations awarded the grant in Florida are:

  • City of Gainesville
  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  • The Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Broward County
  • City of Tallahassee

“The projects selected through the highly-competitive Low-No program all demonstrate strong value to American communities,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams in a statement. “As transit providers nationwide face a backlog of maintenance needs, it is imperative to replace aging buses near the end of their useful life with newer, cleaner models that are also more efficient to operate and maintain.”

“Grants like these can jumpstart fleet upgrades and create significant opportunities for contractors and private companies to support public entities scale efforts to reduce emissions and improve their services,” said Marnie George at Buchanan. “Entities that operate buses as part of their mass transit systems should strongly consider applying to take advantage of these grants while they are available.”