Grants will help to expand advanced bus technologies in 38 states and enhance mobility for ferry users across the US.
Thirty-eight low or no emission bus projects in the US will receive funding from the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The $84.9 million in grant selections are through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant programme, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies.
The FTA has also announced approximately $32.8 million to improve the safety and reliability of America’s passenger ferries.
Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses powered by modern, efficient technologies. These include hydrogen fuel cells, battery electric engines, and related infrastructure investments such as charging stations.
The bus projects selected for the 2019 Low-No programme span 38 states and a full list can be found here. They include:
"These grants will help communities nationwide bring the next generation of bus technology to enhance their transportation systems," said secretary Elaine Chao.
A total of nine projects in nine states will receive funding from FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Programme, which is designed to help purchase, replace or rehabilitate passenger ferries, terminals and related infrastructure and equipment.
"America’s waterways are a priceless asset, and the Passenger Ferry Grant Programme partners with local communities to leverage those assets to improve mobility for millions of Americans," said FTA acting administrator K Jane Williams at an event in Portland, Maine, where she announced a $3.4 million ferry grant to the Casco Bay Island Transit District.
Casco Bay Island Transit provides year-round ferry service between the islands of Casco Bay and Portland, Maine, transporting residents to services on the mainland and supporting the islands’ economies.
"These grants will help communities nationwide bring the next generation of bus technology to enhance their transportation systems"
The grant will help upgrade a ferry terminal built in 1988 that was designed to serve 500,000 passengers a year. Since then, passenger traffic has increased to 1.1 million passengers annually. The renovations will expand passenger queuing and boarding areas, improving safety and efficiency.
Among the other projects selected to receive funding are:
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