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Ohio EPA Awards Diesel Emission Reduction Grants
The Ohio Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG) Program has awarded eight grants totaling more than $8 million for replacing 26 aging diesel transit buses with newer, cleaner diesel technology or alternative fuel technology. Nine of the new buses will be electric, eight will be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and nine powered by new cleaner diesel technology.
Ohio EPA estimates that these projects will result in an annual reduction of more than eight tons of air pollutants. These benefits will continue to accrue each year the new buses remain in service.
The projects that were funded include:
- Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Franklin County is receiving $1,588,320 to cover 24 percent of the cost to replace eight model year 2008 diesel-powered buses with eight new electric-powered buses.
- Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) in Cuyahoga County is receiving $1,643,098 to cover 67 percent of the cost to replace five model year 2003 diesel-powered buses with five new CNG-powered buses.
- Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) in Montgomery County is receiving $1,125,192 to cover 80 percent of the cost to replace three model year 2008 diesel-powered buses with three new diesel-powered buses.
- Lake Transit Authority (LAKETRAN) in Lake County is receiving $626,800 for 80 percent of the cost to replace one model year 2009 diesel-powered bus with one new electric-powered bus.
- Metro Regional Transit Authority (METRO) in Summit County is receiving $734,274 for 70 percent of the cost to replace two model year 2006 diesel-powered buses with two new CNG-powered buses.
- Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) in Portage County is receiving $389,293 for 80 percent of the cost to replace a model year 2007 diesel-powered bus with one new diesel-powered bus.
- Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) in Hamilton County is receiving $1,601,304 for 60 percent of the cost to replace five model year 2008 diesel-powered buses with five new diesel-powered buses.
- Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) in Stark County is receiving $369,460 for 70 percent of the cost to replace one model year 2009 diesel-powered bus with a new CNG-powered bus.
Funding for the grants comes from the Federal Highway Administrations’ Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The next DERG application deadline is expected to be in autumn 2019. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact email@example.com to receive email updates when the “Request for Proposals” is released. Applications may be submitted for projects in 35 eligible Ohio counties, and portions of three other counties. The Ohio program is administered jointly by the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio EPA.
More information is available online: http://epa.ohio.gov/oee/EnvironmentalEducation.aspx#131364252-diesel-emission-reduction-grants.