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PLEASE NOTE (3/11/2014): Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5pm (PST).

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is now accepting applications for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Fiscal Year 2012-13 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo Program). FTA plans to award a minimum of $24.9 million in funding to carry out the LoNo Program. The program is discretionary and FTA plans to award the funds by the following categories:

  • $21.6 million is available for buses; and
  • $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.

The main purpose of the LoNo Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The LoNo Program provides funding for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. The LoNo Program is a capital program focused on deploying new production vehicles that are market-ready or near market-ready. It is not a program for designing and developing prototypes. The program gives priority consideration to the deployment of buses with the lowest energy consumption and least harmful emissions, including direct carbon emissions.

Eligible Lead Applicants and Direct Recipients

Due to FTA requirements, the eligible Lead Applicants/Direct Recipients are limited to the following criteria:

  • A recipient for an eligible area and designated, in accordance with the planning process under section 5303 and 5304, by a Governor of a State, responsible local officials, and publicly owned operators of public transportation, to receive and apportion amounts under section 5336 to urbanized areas of 200,000 or more in population; or
  • A State, for an urbanized area in which an ‘‘eligible area’’ as defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) is located that also has a population under 200,000 individuals, as determined

Given this, for the SCAG Region, SCAG would be required to submit an application on behalf of the following large urbanized areas (UZAs):

  • Indio / Cathedral City
  • Los Angeles / Long Beach / Anaheim
  • Riverside / San Bernardino
  • Murrieta / Temecula
  • Lancaster / Palmdale
  • Santa Clarita

Eligible Subrecipients

The eligible Subrecipients are limited to the following criteria:

  • Public Transportation Providers
  • A project team member identified in the proposal and deemed a ‘‘Key Party’’ by FTA, including consultants, manufacturers, vendors, systems integrators and facilities providers.

Eligible Areas:

An eligible area is defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) as an area that is:

  • Designated as a nonattainment area for ozone or carbon monoxide under section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7407(d)); or
  • A maintenance area, as defined in section 5303, for ozone or carbon monoxide.

Eligible Projects:

The following projects are eligible for funding, in accordance with section 5312(d)(5)(A)(ii)::

  • Acquiring or leasing a minimum of five (5) low or no emission transit buses (FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses);
  • Constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment for low or no emission transit buses;
  • Constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses; or,
  • Rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses.

The LoNo Program strongly encourages proposals that leverage other funds such that LoNo Program funds are used to cover only the incremental cost of procuring the proposed transit bus model above that of a more conventional higher-emission transit bus. Additional information regarding the LoNo Program, including eligible projects/vehicles, cost sharing, project requirements, and application content information, is available at:

Application for SCAG Region:

Interested, eligible Subrecipients in the SCAG Region (specifically in the UZAs identified above) must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on April 2, 2014. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each Subrecipients’ application to FTA.

Please find the following required materials related to the grant application, attached:

If applicable, the following additional information is recommended with application package in separate individual files (these files will be created by Subrecipients in their desired format/structure):

  • Attachment 3: Project Management Plan
  • Attachment 4: List of Project Team Members; by organization name, address and roles/responsibilities.
  • Attachment 5: Letter(s) of Commitment from each organizational member of the Project Team.
  • Attachment 6: Scalability Plan (If possible, FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses in order for FTA to allocate all available funding under the LoNo Program)

For the Applicant and Proposal Profile form, Section II (Project Information), include the name of one (1) primary Entity to Implement the Project. The SCAG Certification Form must be signed by a duly authorized representative of the Entity to Implement the Project (Subapplicant).*

Please send the grant application package, including the completed Applicant and Proposal Profile and signed SCAG Certification Form via email to: Alfonso Hernandez, Senior Grants Analyst at Please also feel free to submit any questions and/or concerns. The direct line is (213) 236-1897.

* Note that Subapplicants for projects awarded by FTA may further be required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding or other agreement with SCAG, prior to receiving program funding.

Keywords : Grants

On September 24, 2015, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $22.5 million FY 2015 funds for the Low or No (LoNo) Emission Vehicle Deployment Program. The capital program is a highly competitive grant program that supports the deployment of low or no emission transit buses along with supporting facilities and related equipment. The program is a great opportunity for entities to upgrade their fleet for the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations, but not widely available. During the previous request for proposals, SCAG, in collaboration with SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine), received the largest grant award of $9.8 million. SunLine will use the funds as a pass-thru grant to build and deploy five (5) hydrogen electric hybrid fuel cell buses.

Due to the program requirements, SCAG must apply as the lead applicant for large urbanized areas in the SCAG region. At this time, SCAG is now accepting applications for the program. Interested, eligible sub-recipients in the SCAG region must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on November 11, 2015. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each sub-recipients’ application to FTA by the November 23, 2015 deadline. If you are interested in applying or have questions regarding the program, please contact Alfonso Hernandez at or (213) 236-1897.

Please find additional information regarding SCAG’s instructions and required forms at:

Additional information regarding the requirements of the LoNo Program are available at:

​The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon returns to the Orange County Great Park for its 2015 competition, to be held October 8-11 and October 15-18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate students from across the country and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. This is the second time the prestigious competition will be held at the Great Park; the 2013 contest drew 64,000 attendees. 

Visitors to the free Solar Decathlon will have the opportunity to tour 15 solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. In addition to the house tours, families will enjoy an array of activities for kids.

For the first time this year, a local team will be competing. Team Orange County comprises students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. The team’s house, Casa del Sol, will mimic the state flower, the California poppy. Its passive solar features cause the house to open up during the day, increasing the effective living area. This house and others in the competition will be judged in 10 distinct categories that measure energy efficiency, market appeal and design achievement. 

Those interested in volunteering can learn more at learn more about Team Orange County, visit

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