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Technical Assistance and Resources for Transit Agencies

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle Program provides $5.6 billion over 5 years (2022–2026) to help modernize bus fleets and bus facilities across the country, focused on helping transit agencies purchase or lease low- or no-emission vehicles and necessary charging or fueling infrastructure.

Entities currently receiving Low-No funds, planning to apply for Low-No funds, or using other DOT Federal Transit Administration program funds for clean buses can contact the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation for technical assistance to plan for and deploy clean transit buses.

Ride Electric

Learn how the Joint Office and partner agencies are supporting the transition to zero-emission school buses.

Resources for Clean Transit Buses

These resources can help transit fleets plan for and deploy clean transit buses:

  • Clean Bus Planning Awards: Learn how the Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) reduces barriers to zero-emission bus deployment by providing school and transit bus fleets with free, comprehensive, and customized fleet electrification transition plans.
  • Low or No Emission Vehicle Program: Funding for state and local governmental authorities to purchase or lease zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities
  • DOT Navigator: Tool that helps communities understand the best ways to apply for grants and to plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services
  • Transit Bus Electrification Tool: Tool that estimates the partial lifecycle greenhouse gas emission savings associated with replacing standard bus fleets with low-emission or zero-emission transit buses
  • Transit Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimator: Tool that estimates the partial lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and energy use from the construction, operation, and maintenance phases of a project across select transit modes
  • Guidebook for Deploying Zero-Emission Transit Buses: Report that provides transit agencies with information on current best practices for zero-emission bus deployments and lessons learned from previous deployments, industry experts, and available industry resources
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transit Projects—Programmatic Assessment: Report on whether certain types of proposed transit projects merit detailed analysis of their greenhouse gas emissions that provides a source of data and analysis for future projects
  • Vehicle and Infrastructure Cash-Flow Evaluation Model: Tool that helps fleet managers assess the financial soundness of converting vehicles to battery electric buses
  • SunLine Transit Demonstrates Excellence in Zero Emission Transit: Case study about a California transit agency that operates four battery electric buses and 16 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses