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Fiscal Year 2015 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (LoNo) Program

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Fiscal Year 2015 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (LoNo) Program

Carolyn Flowers
Federal Transit Administration
1 August 2016

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 147 (Monday, August 1, 2016)]
[Pages 50597-50598]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-18045]



Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Fiscal Year 2015 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment (LoNo) 

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. Funding Opportunity 
Number: FTA-2015-006-TRI Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 
Number: 20.514

ACTION: Announcement of project selections.



Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) announced the selection of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 
Low or No Emissions Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) projects on April 
19, 2016, (see Table 1). The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st 
Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141, July 6, 2012, amended 49 
U.S.C. 5312 to add a new paragraph (d)(5) authorizing FTA to make 
grants to finance eligible projects under the LoNo Program. The 
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public 
Law 113-235, December 16, 2014, made available $22,500,000 in FY 2015 
funds to carry out the LoNo Program. Of that amount, a maximum of 
$19,500,000 was available for transit buses and a minimum of $3,000,000 
was available for supporting facilities and related equipment.
    On September 24, 2015, FTA published a Notice of Funding 
Availability (NOFA) (80 FR 57656) announcing the availability of 
funding for the LoNo Program. The purpose of the LoNo Program is to 
deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses 
that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not 
yet widely deployed in transit agency fleets. The LoNo Program provides 
funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of 
zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, 
construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as 
recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The appropriate FTA Regional Office 
will contact successful applicants regarding the next steps in applying 
for funds (see Table 1). Unsuccessful LoNo Program applicants may 
contact Sean Ricketson, Office of Research Demonstration, and 
Innovation at email address sean.ricketson@dot.gov to arrange a 
proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to the LoNo NOFA, FTA received 
63 project proposals requesting $247,631,499 in Federal funds. Project 
proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to 
the program evaluation criteria published in the NOFA. FTA is funding 
seven LoNo Program projects, as shown in Table 1, for a total of 
$22,500,000. Grantees selected for the LoNo Program should work with 
their FTA Regional Office to complete the grant applications.
    Grant applications must only include eligible activities applied 
for in the original project application. Project partner organizations 
identified as team members or sub-recipients in the original project 
application must be identified and included in the grant application in 
the capacity as originally

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proposed. Funds must be used consistent with the competitive proposal 
and for the eligible purposes established in the NOFA and described in 
the FTA Circular 6100.1E and/or FTA Circular 9030.1E. In cases where 
the allocation amount is less than the proposer's requested amount, 
grantees should work with the FTA Regional Office is coordination with 
the Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation to reduce scope 
or scale the project such that a complete phase or project is 
accomplished. Grantees are reminded that program requirements such as 
cost sharing or local match can be found in the NOFA. A discretionary 
research project identification number will be assigned to each project 
for tracking purposes and must be used in the Transit Award Management 
System (TrAMS) application.
    All projects are granted pre-award authority with an effective date 
of April 19, 2016, so long as all required conditions for pre-award 
authority have been met and the activities undertaken in advance of 
federal funding are contained in the approved project plan or statement 
of work. Post-award reporting requirements include submission of the 
Federal Financial Report and Milestone reports in TrAMS as appropriate 
(FTA Circular 6100.1E, Circular 5010.1D and Circular 9030.1E). The 
grantees must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, 
executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements 
detailed in the most recent Master Agreement in carrying out the 
project supported by the FTA research grant. The FY16 Master Agreement 
can be found at the following Internet address: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grantee-resources/sample-fta-agreements/sample-fta-agreements-october-1-2015.

Carolyn Flowers,
Acting Administrator.

                    Table 1--Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program Project Selections
         Discretionary ID                 State           Project sponsor          Project            Amount
D2016-LONO-001...................  CA                  LACMTA under          Deploy 5 battery-        $4,275,000
                                                        Southern California   electric buses.
                                                        Association of
                                                        Governments (SCAG).
D2016-LONO-002...................  CA                  Foothill Transit      Deploy charging           1,310,000
                                                        under Southern        infrastructure for
                                                        California            an existing fleet
                                                        Association of        of battery-
                                                        Governments (SCAG).   electric buses.
D2016-LONO-003...................  CA                  AC Transit Under the  Deploy 5 battery-         1,551,611
                                                        Metropolitan          electric buses.
D2016-LONO-004...................  OH                  Stark Area Regional   Deploy 3 additional       4,015,174
                                                        Transit Authority.    buses to SARTA's
                                                                              fleet of fuel cell
                                                                              electric buses.
D2016-LONO-005...................  PA                  Southeastern          Deploy 25 battery-        2,585,075
                                                        Pennsylvania          electric buses.
                                                        Authority (SEPTA).
D2016-LONO-006...................  UT                  Utah Transit          Deploy 5 battery-         5,427,100
                                                        Authority (UTA).      electric buses.
D2016-LONO-007...................  WA                  King County.........  Deploy 8 additional       3,336,040
                                                                              buses to King
                                                                              County's fleet of
    Total........................  ..................  ....................  ...................      22,500,000

[FR Doc. 2016-18045 Filed 7-29-16; 8:45 am]

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