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Report ID: 20-107   
Type: Consent
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 3/11/2020 Final action: 3/11/2020
Recommended Action: Consider authorizing the General Manager or his designee to file and execute grant applications and funding agreements with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program for the purchase of up to 45 zero-emission buses and associated charging infrastructure.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: Application for FY 2020 FTA Low-No Funds

ACTION ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider authorizing the General Manager or his designee to file and execute grant applications and funding agreements with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program for the purchase of up to 45 zero-emission buses and associated charging infrastructure.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Financial Stability and Resiliency
Initiative - Zero Emission Programs

Applying for grant funds for this project will support the completion of the project that is a significant part of the District's effort to transition its fleet into a zero-emission fleet.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

The District is applying for up to $1.5 million towards the existing project for the purchase of up to 45 zero-emission buses (ZEB) and associated charging infrastructure. The total project cost is estimated to be $76 million. This includes the cost of the buses as well as full design and construction phases to build charging infrastructure at the District's Divisions 2 and 4 yards.

Approximately $53.5 million of the funding needed for this project has been secured from federal formula and state Senate Bill 1 and Cap-and-Trade funds. If the project is awarded, the District will have regional or state funds for the Low-No funding match requirement and to complete a substantial portion of the project.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

FTA issued a Solicitation of Project Proposals for $85 million of FY 2020 Low or No Emission Program (Low-No) funds on January 17, 2020. The main purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation's transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to State and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission tra...

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