Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $2,949,750 for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to expand Baltimore’s fleet of zero-emission buses.
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2020 Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No). It will help Baltimore City transition to a clean bus fleet by purchasing three new zero-emission buses and charging equipment.
“MTA’s bus system provides critical transportation services for residents across the Baltimore region,” the lawmakers said. “These federal funds will advance the state’s ambitious goal of transitioning that system to a zero-emission fleet, starting in Baltimore. The successful completion of this project will significantly improve air quality and public health statewide.”
In March, the Delegation urged DOT to award this competitive grant to Maryland.
“The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is committed to upgrading 50 percent of its fleet to zero-emission technology by 2030 in order to meet Maryland’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “This FTA grant funding of $2.9 million will provide MDOT MTA the opportunity to purchase, test and evaluate zero-emission technology to identify future specifications, system and infrastructure requirements, along with training needs.”
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 authorized $55 million per year through FY 2020 for the Low-No Program to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program makes competitive awards to state and local government authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. See here for more information about this program.