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This notice includes priorities established by FTA for these discretionary funds, the criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious projects for funding, and describes how to apply for funding under each discretionary program. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at:
These programs are authorized under Section 5308, 5309(b) (as amended by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)) August 10, 2005, and Section 2223 of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011(enacted April 15, 2011).
Among the goals of the Obama Administration is one to improve our Nation's environment and to secure its energy future. Effective provision of public transportation is a key part of this goal. The Administration believes that we must commit ourselves to an economic future in which the strength of our economy is not tied to the unpredictability of oil markets. We must make the investments in clean energy sources that will both enhance the environment through improved air quality and curb our dependence on fossil fuels, making America energy independent by:
• Breaking Dependence on Oil. Promote the next generation of vehicles and the fuels they use and provide alternate modes of transportation that minimize the use of fossil fuels.
• Producing More Energy at Home. Enhance U.S. energy supplies through responsible development of domestic renewable energy, fossil fuels, advanced biofuels and nuclear energy.
• Promoting Energy Efficiency. Promote investments in the transportation, electricity, industrial, building and agricultural sectors that reduce energy bills.
FTA advances these energy and environmental goals by funding projects that:
• Enhance the quality of public transportation services.
• Assist nonattainment and maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality standards for ozone and carbon monoxide.
• Support emerging Clean Fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies.
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions of public transportation systems.
By this notice, FTA announces the availability of at least $101.4 million in FY 2011 discretionary resources to help promote the usage and development of energy efficient technologies that reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Projects funded as a result of this notice will further the Department's environmental sustainability efforts. As each program has separate eligibility and program requirements, FTA encourages applicants to carefully consider which program to apply under. FTA will provide $49.9 million under the TIGGER program. This program is intended for projects of innovative and national significance with a minimum project cost of $1 million. To complement TIGGER, FTA also will award approximately $51.5 million under the Clean Fuels Grant program. FTA also intends to further our environmental sustainability goals by allowing applicants in attainment areas that are not eligible under the Clean Fuels Grant program to apply for projects which promote the use of clean fuels and fund those projects with Bus and Bus Facilities program funds as appropriate. Please refer to Appendix C for information on additional availability of FTA funds.
The Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Pub. L. 112-10), appropriated $49.9 million for grants to public transit agencies for capital investments that will reduce the energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions of their public transportation systems, referred to as the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program. In the previous two years a total of $175 million was provided for TIGGER in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and The Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2010 and thus awarded by FTA.
Based on lessons learned in the application, review, and implementation processes from the previous two years of the TIGGER program, FTA is altering some of the application procedures for the FY 2011-funded TIGGER program to continue to simplify the process and provide greater efficiency, documentation, and transparency. Additionally, given the availability of other FTA discretionary programs in FY 2011, such as the Clean Fuels Grant program, FTA will rate more favorably innovative technologies of national significance and other forward-looking technologies, not normally funded out of other FTA programs.
This notice announces the availability of the grant program funding, application requirements, and deadlines for submitting proposals for funding.
There are two eligible purposes for TIGGER grants: (1) For capital investments that will assist in reducing the energy consumption of a transit system; or (2) for capital investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of a public transportation system. Project proposals may be submitted under either or both categories. FTA has established a range of funding that will be considered for approval. Each submitted proposal must request a minimum of $1,000,000 and must not exceed a maximum of $15,000,000. Proposals that include projects less than $1,000,000 may be applied for if they are part of a consolidated proposal submitted by the State Department of Transportation (State DOT) or a consortium of smaller agencies working in tangent that, in total, meets or exceeds the $1,000,000 threshold. FTA may decide to provide only partial funding for certain proposals to maximize the impact of this program. Detailed budget proposals and a minimum value needed to achieve project results are expected in all proposals. FTA encourages applicants with projects that are not technologically innovative, or which do not meet these funding thresholds to apply under the Clean Fuels program which has simpler application criteria.
Under TIGGER, only public transportation agencies, Federally recognized Tribes or State DOTs may apply. A public transportation agency
Eligible expenses must meet the following criteria: (1) The expense must be an eligible capital expense as defined under 49 U.S.C. 5302(a)(1); and (2) the project will assist in the reduction of the energy consumption of a public transportation system and/or the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of a public transportation system.
The expected Federal share for TIGGER grants is 90 percent, although applicants may request a different Federal share. A proposed Federal share can be less than 90 percent, or up to 100 percent. However, applicants requesting a lower Federal share may be given a higher rating in the evaluation process, all else being equal.
Project proposals must follow the submission guidelines that are provided at
Complete proposals for the TIGGER program must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by August 23, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to begin the process of registration on the GRANTS.GOV site well in advance of the submission deadline. Registration is a multi-step process, which may take several weeks to complete before an application can be submitted. In addition to the Mandatory SF424 Form that will be downloaded from GRANTS.GOV, FTA requires applicants to complete the Supplemental FTA Form to enter descriptive and data elements of individual program proposals for these discretionary programs. These supplemental forms provide guidance and a consistent format for applicants to respond to the criteria outlined in this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and described in detail on the FTA Web site at
Proposals from public transit agencies may contain multiple projects. Agencies may submit multiple proposals, but each proposal must be clearly defined. Additionally, a proposal may contain multiple projects, but each project much be clearly defined as a separate project within the Supplemental Form provided on
Proposals from State DOTs may also contain multiple projects from one or more transit agencies in order to meet the $1,000,000 threshold. Consolidated proposals must contain individual project level information, as described below, for each project included in the consolidated proposal.
Project Summary—The applicant is requested to enter summary information about the proposed project into a project Supplemental Form to be attached with the SF 424 Mandatory Form provided on GRANTS.GOV. Additional guidelines for application procedures, further instructions, and application tools will be located on FTA's Web site at
(1) Applicant Information.
This addresses basic identifying information, including:
i. Applicant name;
ii. Contact information (including contact name, address, e-mail address, phone and fax number;
iii. Description of services provided by the agency, including areas served;
iv. Congressional district(s) served by the proposed project.
v. If the project proposal includes vehicles, provide existing fleet information, such as a current rail or bus fleet management plan, if not already on file with the FTA Regional Office, and
vi. A description of the technical, legal and financial capacity of the project sponsor.
(2) Project Information.
Every proposal must:
i. Include a project management plan to be utilized to implement the proposed project.
ii. Address whether the project is to be evaluated under energy reduction or greenhouse gas reduction criteria, or both criteria;
iii. Include the project scope, including descriptions of the proposed capital investment as well as the existing system, subsystem, facility, vehicle, or component that the investment will replace or be applied to. The project scope determines where measurement of energy reductions or greenhouse gas emissions reductions will take place and must be directly related to the actual capital investment. It should be determined in a manner that permits measurement before and after the investment to determine either the energy savings or greenhouse gas reductions, or both;
iv. Include a line-item budget for the project and its total cost. For scalable projects, a scaling plan describing the minimum amount necessary for a feasible project and the energy or greenhouse gas reduction impacts of a reduced funding level;
v. State the expected useful life of the investment based on accepted FTA and industry practices;
vi. Provide a project time-line outlining steps from project development through completion, including significant milestones such as date of contract awards and dates of project implementation; and
vii. Include the proposed location of the project. For facilities and other infrastructure this means the city or county where the infrastructure will be located. For transit vehicles it means the cities or counties where transit services are likely to be provided.
(3) Project Measurement Information
i. Proposals must provide a narrative describing how the greenhouse gas and/
ii. Project Measurement Criteria for Energy Reduction Projects: The proposal must include:
(A) Project's Current Annual Energy Use.
(B) Project's Estimated Annual Energy Use.
(C) Project's Estimated Annual Energy Savings.
(D) Project's Total Estimated Energy Savings Over Its Useful Life.
(E) Project's Total Energy Savings as a Percentage of the Agency's Total Annual Energy Use. This can be reported as less than one percent or the proposal must include:
(A) Total Annual Energy Consumption of the Public Transportation Agency.
(B) The Project's Total Energy Savings as a Percentage of the Total Annual Energy Consumption of the Public Transportation Agency.
iii. Project Measurement Criteria for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Projects: Proposals must include:
(A) Project's Current Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
(B) Project's Estimated Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
(C) Project's Estimated Annual Greenhouse Gas Savings.
(D) Project's Total Estimated Greenhouse Gas Savings Over the Project's Useful Life.
(4) Proposed Deviations From FTA Circular 5010.
FTA's capital program includes the introduction of new technology, through innovative and improved products, into public transportation as an eligible expense. FTA intends to apply 49 U.S.C. 53 requirements and FTA Circular 5010.1.D Grant Management Requirements issued on November 1, 2008 to this program. This Circular may be found at:
(5) A project proposal should address each of the evaluation criteria separately, except for geographic diversity which need not be addressed by the applicant.
Only proposals from eligible recipients for eligible activities will be considered for funding (see Section II of this Notice).
Proposals will be evaluated for their ability to reduce energy consumption and/or greenhouse gas emissions of the transit agency. An applicant will be evaluated under both criteria if it provides the necessary project measurement information.
FTA will evaluate proposals on total energy consumption savings projected to result from the project, and projected energy savings of the project as a percentage of the total energy usage of the public transit agency. Refer to Appendix B for definitions.
FTA will evaluate proposals based on the total amount of greenhouse gas reductions projected to result from the project.
In addition, FTA will evaluate all proposals on the following criteria:
(1) Project Innovation.
The project identifies a unique, significant, or innovative approach to reducing energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions. FTA encourages qualified projects that will demonstrate innovative technologies leading to operational efficiencies and other approaches to reducing energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions. FTA will give some priority consideration to these projects if all other project evaluation criteria are comparable.
Examples of innovation include:
i. On-Board Vehicle Energy Management (energy storage, regenerative braking, fuel cells, turbines, engine auto start/stop, etc.).
ii. Electrification of Accessories (air conditioning, air compressor, power steering, etc.).
iii. Bus Design (lightweight materials, component packaging, maintainability, etc.).
iv. Rail Transit Energy Management (energy storage, regenerative braking, solar propulsion engine systems, power load-leveling, etc.)
v. Locomotive Design (energy storage, regenerative braking, fuel cells, turbines, engine auto start/stop, lightweight material, etc).
vi. Innovative Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) involving bus or rail operations such as transit signal priority, wireless engine monitoring devices, and dynamic dispatching systems.
vii. Other innovative approaches to reduce energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.
(2) National Applicability. The national applicability of the project as an example of energy savings or greenhouse gas reductions, including whether the project could be replicated by other transit agencies regionally or nationally and is consistent with FTA livability and environmental sustainability goals should be demonstrated.
(3) Project Readiness. FTA will evaluate the proposed timeframe of the project for timeliness and reasonableness.
(4) Project Management. The applicant demonstrates the capacity to carry out the project.
i. The applicant is in a fundable status for the FTA grant program.
ii. The applicant's project team demonstrates the technical capacity to carry out the project, including the project approach or project management plan.
iii. The applicant has the ability to collect information and demonstrate the results of the project for at least one year following project implementation.
(5) Return on Investment. This factor addresses the energy savings and/or greenhouse gas reduction relative to the total project cost, including the proposed Federal and local shares.
(6) Geographic Diversity. To provide the ability to evaluate technologies in a wide variety of conditions, FTA may select projects to ensure there is sufficient geographic diversity.
Proposals first will be screened by a technical review committee. During the process, FTA may seek clarifications or corrections to some proposals to ensure adequate information is available to evaluate the proposal. After evaluating proposals based on the established criteria, FTA will publish the list of all selected projects and funding levels in the
Once proposals have been reviewed and projects have been selected, successful applicants will apply for and FTA will award grant funding through FTA's Transportation Electronic Award and Management (TEAM) grant
Depending on award amount, FTA may require a scope and project budget reduction before a grant is submitted in TEAM.
(1) Grant Requirements
If selected, project sponsors will apply for a grant through TEAM and adhere to the customary FTA grant requirements of 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, including those identified in FTA Circular 5010.1D and the FTA Master Agreement, unless otherwise specified in the grant agreement. Technical assistance regarding these requirements is available from the corresponding FTA regional office.
Applicants must sign and submit current Certifications and Assurances before receiving a grant. If the applicant has already submitted the annual Certifications and Assurances in TEAM, they do not need to be resubmitted. The Applicant assures that it will comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal administrative requirements in carrying out any project supported by the FTA grant. The Applicant acknowledges that it is under a continuing obligation to comply with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement issued for its project with FTA. The Applicant understands that Federal laws, regulations, policies, and administrative practices might be modified from time to time and may affect the implementation of the project. The Applicant agrees that the most recent Federal requirements will apply to the project, unless FTA issues a written determination otherwise.
Applicants are encouraged to notify the appropriate State DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in areas likely to be served by the project funds made available under this program. Incorporation of funded projects in the long-range plans and transportation improvement programs of States and metropolitan areas is required of all funded projects. FTA cannot obligate grant funds unless the project is contained in a Federally approved State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP).
Similarly, all environmental requirements must be complete before FTA can obligate and award a grant in TEAM.
FTA reporting requirements include standard reporting requirements identified in FTA Circular 5010.1D, and the Master Grant Agreement. In addition,
(1) Actual annual energy consumed within the project scope attributable to the investment for energy consumption reduction projects;
(2) Actual greenhouse gas emissions within the project scope attributable to the investment for greenhouse gas reduction projects; and
(3) Actual annual reductions or increases in operating costs attributable to the investment for all projects.
The Clean Fuels Grant program was first established as the Clean Fuels Formula Grant program in Section 3008 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Public Law 105-178, June 9, 1998 (now codified at 49 U.S.C. Sec. 5308). The program was developed to assist non-attainment or maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide (CO). Additionally, the program supported emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies. FY 2011 unallocated funding provides $51.5 million dollars in discretionary Clean Fuels Grant program resources. Additionally, FTA is expanding the eligible applicant pool and may fund projects that meet the Clean Fuels Grant program objectives in attainment areas using a portion of discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities program resources that are available.
The Clean Fuels/Bus and Bus Facilities program has a two-fold purpose. First, the Clean Fuels Grant program was developed to assist nonattainment and maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and CO. The second program purpose is to support emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies.
Eligible applicants under the FY 2011 Clean Fuels Grant program are:
a. Designated recipients in maintenance or non-attainment areas for ozone or CO, which are entities designated to receive Federal urbanized formula funds under 49 U.S.C. 5307.
b. FTA will also accept applications from direct recipients, tribes, and State Departments of Transportation in attainment areas.
Section 5308 grants authority to the Secretary to make grants under this section to assist recipients to finance eligible projects such as the following: (1) Purchasing or leasing clean fuel buses, including buses that employ a lightweight composite primary structure and vans for use in revenue service. The purchase or lease of non-revenue vehicles is not an eligible project; (2) Constructing or leasing clean fuel bus facilities or electrical recharging facilities and related equipment; (3) Projects relating to clean fuel, biodiesel, hybrid electric, or zero emissions technology buses that exhibit equivalent or superior emissions reductions to existing clean fuel or hybrid electric technologies.
Funds made available under this program cannot be used to fund operating expenses or preventive maintenance. The purchase or lease of non-revenue vehicles is not an eligible project. Funds made available under this program cannot be used to reimburse projects that have incurred prior eligible expenses without a Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) issued by FTA for the project before the costs are incurred.
For projects awarded funding, costs will be shared as follows:
(1) Vehicles—90 percent FTA/10 percent local contribution for the
(2) Facilities—The 83 percent Federal share does
(3) The FY 2011 Appropriations Act allows a 90 percent Federal share for the total cost of a biodiesel bus.
(4) The FY 2011 Appropriations Act allows a 90 percent Federal share for the net capital cost of factory installed hybrid electric propulsion systems and any equipment related to such a system. For administrative simplicity, FTA
(5) FTA will not approve deferred local share.
(1) Project proposals must be submitted electronically through
Complete proposals for the Clean Fuels program must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by August 23, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to begin the process of registration on the GRANTS.GOV site well in advance of the submission deadline. Registration is a multi-step process, which may take several weeks to complete before an application can be submitted. In addition to the Mandatory SF424 Form that will be downloaded from GRANTS.GOV, FTA requires applicants to complete the Supplemental FTA Form to enter descriptive and data elements of individual program proposals for these discretionary programs. These supplemental forms provide guidance and a consistent format for applicants to respond to the criteria outlined in this NOFA and described in detail on the FTA Web site at
(2) Applicants can only apply for funds currently available for allocation. However, an applicant may propose a project that would expend money over multiple years. The project, however, should be ready to implement and should be completed in a reasonable period of time. In sum, the period of performance of the award is separate from the year that funds are awarded. Funds allocated under this program will remain for obligation available during the FY year selections are announced awarded plus two additional years.
(1) Applicant Information
This addresses basic identifying information, including:
i. Proposer's name,
ii. Applicant eligibility, whether the applicant's area is attainment, non- attainment, or maintenance for ozone or CO,
iii. Description of services provided by the agency, including areas served.
(2) Eligibility Information
Every proposal must:
i. Describe the project to be funded and include with the proposal any necessary supporting documentation. Example: Information on the age of the current fleet, MPO concurrence letters, ridership information.
Projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
(1) Planning and prioritization at local/regional level
i. Project is consistent with the transit priorities identified in the long range plan and/or contingency/illustrative projects. The project could not be included in the financially constrained Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)/STIP due to lack of funding (if selected, project must be in federally approved STIP before grant award).
ii. Local support is demonstrated by availability of local match for this and/or related projects and letters of support.
iii. In an area with more than one transit operator, the application demonstrates coordination with and support of other transit operators, or other related projects within the applicant's MPO or the geographic region within which the proposed project will operate.
(2) The project is ready to implement.
i. Any required environmental work has been initiated for construction projects requiring an Environmental Assessment (EA).
ii. Implementation plans are ready, including initial design of facilities projects.
iii. TIP/STIP can be amended (evidenced by MPO/State endorsement).
iv. Project can be obligated and begin implementation quickly, if selected.
(3) The applicants demonstrate the technical, legal, and financial capacity to carry out the project. This criterion refers to implementation of the particular project proposed.
i. The applicant has the technical capacity to administer the project
ii. The acquisition is consistent with the bus fleet management plan
iii. There are no outstanding legal, technical, or financial issues with the grantee that would make this a high-risk project.
iv. Source of local match is identified and is available for prompt project implementation if selected (no deferred local share will be allowed).
(4) Demonstrated Need
i. Project represents a one-time or periodic need that cannot reasonably be funded from formula allocations or State and/or local revenues.
ii. Other Federal funds have not been made available for this project.
iii. The project will have a positive impact on air quality.
iv. The project is consistent with the applicant's bus fleet management plan.
v. The project is a transportation control measure in an approved State Implementation Plan (if applicable).
(5) The applicant demonstrates the benefits of the proposed project in reducing transportation related pollutants.
(6) The proposed project supports emerging clean fuels technologies or advanced technologies for transit buses.
(7) Geographic Diversity. To provide the ability to evaluate technologies in a wide variety of conditions, FTA may select projects to ensure there is sufficient geographic diversity.
(8) Budget Information
i. Provide a line-item budget for the project and its total cost.
ii. Provide the Federal amount requested for each purpose for which funds are sought.
iii. Document matching funds, including amount and source of the match.
iv. Provide project time-line, including significant milestones such as date or contract for purchase of vehicle(s), actual or expected delivery date of vehicles and contract award and completion of facility improvements.
v. Congressional district(s): Place of performance of the proposed project.
Only proposals from eligible recipients for eligible activities will be considered for funding. Due to funding limitations, applicants that are selected for funding may receive less than the amount requested.
FTA will post answers to commonly asked questions about the TIGGER program as well as provide information to assist in calculations at
Contact the appropriate FTA Regional or Metropolitan Office for application-specific information and issues. For general TIGGER program information, contact Walter Kulyk, Office of Mobility Innovation, (202) 366-4995, e-mail:
For program information on the Clean Fuels/Bus and Bus Facilities Program; contact Vanessa Williams, Office of Program Management, (202) 366-4818, e-mail: