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Greener Fleets: Meeting the Demand for Clean Transit

Greener Fleets: Meeting the Demand for Clean Transit

Full Title: Greener Fleets: Meeting the Demand for Clean Transit
Author(s): Chris Rall and Grant DuVall
Publisher(s): Transportation for America
Publication Date: May 22, 2023
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Description (excerpt):

In 2021, America’s transportation sector emitted 38 percent of the nation’s total energy-related carbon emissions, the largest share of carbon emissions of any sector in the economy. Public transit’s contribution to transportation emissions are small compared to private auto emissions. However, almost all public transit is under public agency control, therefore transit’s emissions can be mitigated through policy. Congress has provided the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) with funding programs specifically to “make greater reductions in energy consumption and harmful emissions, including direct carbon emissions.”

This white paper discusses findings based on Transportation for America’s data analysis of all applications submitted in the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) for the Low or No Emission Vehicle (“Low No”, “5339(c)”) and Buses and Bus Facilities (“5339(b)”) funding programs. We analyzed these applications and their awards to better understand how the program is serving U.S. transit agencies’ needs across the country, and we offer policy recommendations to support America’s climate goals and emission reduction efforts.

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