Clean Fuels

To assist in financing the acquisition of clean fuel vehicles and related facilities for agencies providing public transportation and operating in an urbanized and non-urbanized area designated as a non-attainment or maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide.

The Clean Fuels Grant program
was repealed in 2013, and FTA announced the final project selection of competitive project awards on October 2, 2012.
Related Programs20.505 Federal Transit_Metropolitan Planning Grants; 20.526 Bus and Bus Facilities Formula ProgramExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: City of Fargo, ND replaced 35-foot buses and River Valley Transit, PA construction of CNG fueling facility. Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) replaced diesel trolleys with electric trolley buses.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See list of region contacts listed in Appendix IV.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FTA received a total of 146 applications requested approximately $516 million. Twenty-one projects were selected for funding in the non-attainment and maintenance areas. Six projects were selected in the attainment areas. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Although the Clean Fuels Program has been repealed, past Eligible projects included the purchase or lease of clean fuel vehicles, the construction or lease of clean fuel vehicles or electrical recharging facilities and related equipment for such vehicles, and construction or improvement of public transportation facilities to accommodate clean fuel vehicles.

A clean fuel vehicle is a passenger vehicle used to provide public transportation that is powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, biodiesel fuels, batteries, alcohol-based fuels, hybrid electric systems, fuel cells, clean diesel (to the extent allowed by law), or other low or zero emissions technology.

Vehicles that employ lightweight composite primary structure may also be eligible.

Funds can be used for capital projects only.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public agencies, including States; municipalities and other subdivisions of States; public agencies and instrumentalities of one or more States; and public corporations, boards, and commissions established under State law.

Applicant had legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out proposed project and maintain facilities and equipment purchased with Federal assistance.

Applicant also operated in an urbanized area designated as a non-attainment or maintenance area for ozone or carbon monoxide.

If the urbanized area is less than 200,000 in population, the State in which the area is located acted as the recipient.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, both users and non-users of public transportation.


Resolution by an authorized public body approved the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's transportation improvement program (TIP), and in the Statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) approved by FTA and FHWA. Information provided labor agreements and relocation planning; environmental impact; legal capacity; coordinated regional planning; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An environmental impact assessment is required for construction projects.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Notice of Funding Availability was published to announce the availability of FY 2012 funds on February 7, 2012. Awards were announced in the Federal Register on October 2, 2012.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating federal funds was reflected in a grant agreement. Grants were awarded electronically using FTA's e electronic grants management system.


Not Applicable.


Fixing America?s Surface Transportation Act, Public Law 109-59, 49 U.S.C 5308.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. It was a goal of the Federal Transit Administration to obligate grants within an average of 36 days of the submission of a complete grant application.


Not Applicable.


Funds are no longer appropriated annually. The program has been repealed.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The federal share is not to exceed 90 percent of the net cost to comply with or maintain compliance with the Clean Air Act. FTA has administratively determined the composite federal share for vehicles and vehicle related equipment or facilities to be 83 percent. The 90 percent share applies to the actual incremental costs of improvements for compliance with the Clean Air Act. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Terms and conditions are delineated in the grant agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released by grant obligation.

Post Assistance Requirements


FTA retains the semiannual reporting requirements in Section 624.11, which requires grantees receiving program funds for hybrid electric, battery electric, and fuel cell vehicles to provide information on the operations, performance, and maintenance of those vehicles purchased or leased with program funds.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Non-federal entities that expend less than $750,000 federal awards were exempt from federal audit requirements for that year in which certain exceptions as determined by OMB. The Federal Transit Administration may also conduct its own audits.


Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8350-0-7-401; 69-1137-0-1-401.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - The Clean Fuels Grant program was repealed in 2013, and funds are no longer available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$69,720 - $5,000,000. Average approx. $2,165,596.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Please visit the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) website or contact the appropriate FTA Region office for more information. See Federal Register/ Vol.70, No. 229/ Wednesday, November 30, 2005/ Notices.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See list of region contacts listed in Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Vanessa Williams 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE. , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-4818

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria was specified in past Federal Register notices.

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