The United States Department of Transportation awarded $130 million for electric transit buses and supporting infrastructure through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program on June 2, 2020. The awards were spread over 40 states and Washington D.C. and will help transit agencies accelerate the electrification of their fleets. The largest single award of $7.1 million was made to the New Jersey Transit Corporation to help the state move towards its commitment to purchase only electric transit buses by 2032.
The 2020 funding cycle is the largest yet for the Low-No program, which has contributed almost $480 million to transit bus electrification since 2015. At least 47 states have received awards from the program and Low-No is responsible for at least 65 percent of the total public funding for electric transit buses. The program also provides vital support for infrastructure purchases and facility upgrades that transit agencies need to electrify their fleets.