Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More Money for Transit Sustainability Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking applicants for its newest round of Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) and Clean Fuel grants. There's even a little bit of additional money available for applications for Section 5309 bus and bus facility grants that meet certain FTA priorities.

Clean Fuels (Section 5308) and Section 5309 applications are due June 14, 2010. FTA has combined some funding in these accounts for a total of $81.2 million in available funding.

TIGGER applications are due August 11, 2010. There's a total of $75 million available for these grants, with MINIMUM project costs of $1 million per project, and a maximum of $25 million per project.

In all these, applicants must speak directly to three federal priorities: (a) breaking dependence on oil, (b) producing more energy at home, and (c) promoting energy efficiency. FTA wants to see high-value, technologically innovative, projects funded under TIGGER, with more mundane (that's my word, not FTA's) projects to be funded under Clean Fuels/bus & bus facilities. These FTA funds can cover up to 90 percent of project costs under these grants.

The only eligible applicants are public transit agencies (defined as units of state or local govt that are engaged in providing public transit services) and state departments of transportation. Nonprofit transit entities are not eligible to apply (but could benefit from states' or others' applications); it would appear that public agencies not engaged in carrying out transit probably can't apply for these funds, either.

This information appears in the April 13, 2010, Federal Register. Additional information is on FTA web site, at

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