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

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

Carolyn Flowers
Federal Transit Administration
7 September 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 173 (Wednesday, September 7, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 61731-61733]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-21430]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


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

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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

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at www.fta.dot.gov. Unsuccessful applicants may contact Tara Clark, 
Office of Program Management at (202) 366-2623, email: 
Tara.Clark@dot.gov, to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of 
this announcement. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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.

Carolyn Flowers,
Acting Administrator.

                              TABLE 1--FY 16 Low or No Emission Project Selections
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        State                Recipient                 Project ID            Project description    Allocation
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CA...................  Central Contra Costa  D2016-LWNO-001                 County Connection         $2,684,311
                        Transit Authority.                                   Battery Electric
                                                                             Bus Project.
CA...................  Long Beach Public     D2016-LWNO-002                 LBT 30-foot Battery        1,172,867
                        Transportation                                       Electric Bus
                        Company.                                             Project.
CA...................  Santa Clara Valley    D2016-LWNO-003                 VTA Battery-Electric       2,458,305
                        Transportation                                       Zero Emission Bus,
                        Authority (VTA).                                     Charging and
                                                                             maintenance
                                                                             Facility Project.
CA...................  Santa Cruz            D2016-LWNO-004                 Santa Cruz METRO           3,810,348
                        Metropolitan                                         Electric Bus
                        Transit District.                                    Deployment.
CA...................  SunLine Transit       D2016-LWNO-005                 SunLine Center of          1,519,855
                        Agency.                                              Excellence in Zero
                                                                             Emission Technology
                                                                             (Fuel Cell/Electric
                                                                             Bus Maintenance
                                                                             Facility).
DE...................  Delaware Transit      D2016-LWNO-006                 Delaware Transit           2,029,300
                        Corporation.                                         Corporation
                                                                             Deployment of
                                                                             Battery Electric
                                                                             Buses.
FL...................  Miami-Dade County...  D2016-LWNO-007                 Miami-Dade                 2,357,143
                                                                             Department of
                                                                             Transportation and
                                                                             Public Works
                                                                             Electric Bus
                                                                             Purchase for Bus
                                                                             Replacement Program.
IL...................  Chicago Transit       D2016-LWNO-008                 Chicago Transit            3,620,000
                        Authority.                                           Authority (CTA)
                                                                             Electric Bus
                                                                             Program--Purchase
                                                                             Electric Buses and
                                                                             Charging Stations.
KY...................  Transit Authority of  D2016-LWNO-009                 Lextran Zero-                683,400
                        Lexington-Fayette                                    Emission Electric
                        Urban Co Govt.                                       Bus Fleet Expansion
                                                                             Project.
LA...................  City of Shreveport..  D2016-LWNO-010                 City of Shreveport         3,905,377
                                                                             Electric Bus
                                                                             Deployment Project.
MO...................  The City of Columbia  D2016-LWNO-011                 City of Columbia           1,712,300
                                                                             Zero Emission Bus
                                                                             Deployment Project.
NY...................  Capital District      D2016-LWNO-012                 Expanding CDTA's             767,500
                        Transportation                                       Clean, Greener
                        Authority.                                           footprint Purchase
                                                                             Zero Emission
                                                                             Electric Buses and
                                                                             Associated Support
                                                                             Equipment.
OR...................  Lane Transit          D2016-LWNO-013                 Lane Transit               3,479,675
                        District.                                            District Zero
                                                                             Emission Bus
                                                                             Project (LTD-ZEB).
OR...................  Tri-County            D2016-LWNO-014                 TriMet Zero Emission       3,405,750
                        Metropolitan                                         Bus Project (TriMet-
                        Transportation                                       ZEB).
                        District of Oregon.

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SC...................  City of Clemson dba   D2016-LWNO-015                 Clemson Area Transit       3,905,378
                        Clemson Area                                         Zero Emission Bus
                        Transit.                                             Project.
                                                                            (CAT-ZEB Project)...
TX...................  Port Arthur Transit.  D2016-LWNO-016                 Port Arthur Transit        3,905,377
                                                                             Zero Emission Bus
                                                                             Deployment.
UT...................  Utah Department of    D2016-LWNO-017                 Support                    3,905,378
                        Transportation.                                      Implementation of
                                                                             Zero Emission BRT
                                                                             Route to Better
                                                                             Serve the Park City
                                                                             Communities.
WA...................  City of Everett,      D2016-LWNO-018                 Replacement of             3,358,459
                        Everett Tramsot.                                     Diesel Buses with
                                                                             No emission
                                                                             Electric Buses.
WA...................  Pierce County Public  D2016-LWNO-019                 Pierce Transit             2,550,788
                        Transportation                                       Electric Bus
                        Benefit Area                                         Deployment.
                        Corporation.
WA...................  The Chelan Douglas    D2016-LWNO-020                 Electrification of         3,768,489
                        Public                                               Link Transit's
                        Transportation                                       Urban Bus Fleet
                        Benefit Area.                                        Using High Power On-
                                                                             Route Wireless
                                                                             Charging.
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    Total............  ....................  .............................  ....................      55,000,000
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[FR Doc. 2016-21430 Filed 9-6-16; 8:45 am]
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