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Report ID: 22-319   
Type: Regular - Planning
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 6/22/2022 Final action: 6/22/2022
Recommended Action: Consider approving the AC Transit Zero Emission Bus Transition Plan.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Att.1. AC Transit ZEB Transition Plan, 3. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: AC Transit Zero Emission Bus Transition Plan

ACTION ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

Title
Consider approving the AC Transit Zero Emission Bus Transition Plan.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Environmental Improvement
Initiative - Zero Emission Programs

AC Transit's Zero Emissions Bus Transition Plan provides a long-term fleet and facilities management plan to achieve the goal of transitioning the bus fleet to 100 percent zero-emissions by 2040. This plan directly supports the District's Environmental Improvement Goal along with the following Initiatives: Zero Emission Programs and Infrastructure Modernization, Employee Recruitment, Training & Retention, and Service Quality.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

There are no budgetary or fiscal impacts directly related to this report. However, each phase of ZEB deployment will have associated costs that will be presented to the Board for review and approval. The District intends to pursue funding opportunities vigorously; approving this plan will meet new statutory provisions from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program and the Low or No Emission Program grants.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Public Law 117-58, as enacted in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed by President Biden on November 15, 2021, amended the statutory provisions for the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program (49 U.S.C. ? 5339(b)) and the Low or No Emission Program (49 U.S.C. ? 5339(c)) to include the requirement that any application for projects related to zero-emission vehicles include a Zero-Emission Transition Plan. On December 1, 2021, the FTA issued a "Dear Colleague" letter providing information regarding the minimum requirements of a Zero-Emission Transition Plan.

The FTA will rate more highly zero emission projects where the applicant i...

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