Capital Assistance Program for Reducing Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

To assist public agencies that provide transit service in financing the acquisition of capital assets to reduce energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No new funds are being awarded to this program.

Expanding its existing all-electric fleet, in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area; in operation on a full-time basis are five new electric trolleys, two ?ultra quick? charging stations, and one overnight charging station.

The manufacturer of the trolleys was EBus of Downey, California.

The trolleys are 22 feet long, with a capacity of 22 seated passengers and 10 standing passengers.

2016 Example: Four energy conservation projects were identified and funded by a grant: Those projects were as follows: (1) Service Building Unit Heater Replacement; (2) Operations Building Boiler Replacement; (3) Service Building and Operations Building HVAC Controls Upgrade; and (4) Service Building Snow Melt Controls Upgrade. 2016 Example: Awarded funds to retrofit as many as 70 buses with an innovative electric engine cooling fan system (mini-Hybrid Thermal System-MH8) that is cost effective and lowers pollutant emissions.

Energy savings are anticipated with a nine percent reduction in fuel consumption.

The original idea for the cooling system is developed from military vehicles and now being applied to transit buses.

Fiscal Year 2017: No new funds are being awarded to this program.

We anticipate 11% or 5 projects to still be underway.

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.

Marcel Belanger, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI-20), Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590.

Telephone: (202) 366-0725.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: A total of 42 TIGGER applications were awarded and 22 remain active. Currently, 52% of the projects are complete. Under the TIGGER program, nearly $225 million in total grants were awarded to 88 competitively-selected projects implementing a wide variety of technologies including building efficiency improvements, solar installations, wind technology, wayside energy storage for rail, and purchase of technologically-innovative energy-efficient buses. The awarded projects are geographically diverse, covering 35 states and 68 different transit agencies in both urban and rural settings. A total of 40 projects are implementing efficient bus technologies such as purchase of new buses?powered by both hybrid-electric and zero-emission propulsion systems?as well as retrofits to existing buses for increased efficiency. 10 projects are investigating efficient rail technologies such as wayside energy storage, locomotive upgrades, and control systems for track heaters. 39 projects are implementing technologies to reduce energy use by increasing efficiencies of facility buildings or generating electricity to offset what is used from the grid. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 19 of the TIGGER projects, 11% of the total projects, will be active in FY 2017. An example of an active project is King County Metro Battery Electric Bus Demonstration managed by King Country Department of Transportation in the State of Washington. This demonstration project will demonstrate the state of the art battery electric bus technology. The buses are in revenue service and FTA is collecting data on vehicle performance, including maintenance and operating cost and vehicle availability and reliability. Similarly, Long Beach Public Transportation Company, in the State of California, is managing the All Electric Bus Project. The buses are being delivered starting in April and a total of 10 buses will be delivered by the end of the year to collect similar data. These buses will use the WAVE inductive technology for recharging the buses, allowing for the study of multiple technologies. The information is being presented to the public transportation industry to enable agencies to assess the liability of electric bus technology. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible projects include the purchase of transit capital assets that will reduce energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.

Public Transportation Agencies.

Applicants must have the legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out the proposed project and maintain in a state of good repair any facilities and equipment purchased with federal assistance.

The program is a 100% discretionary program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only public transportation agencies are eligible recipients.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Only public transportation agencies are eligible recipients.


Grants and cooperative agreements: Initial proposal should include project objectives, background, and project description, including time schedule, budget, and applicant's organizational experience. Legal opinion and compliance with labor requirements are required later. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB 2 CFR 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 49 CFR Part 18 and 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments.

Award Procedures

After conducting a competitive selection process, the Federal Transit Administration, selected projects to be allocated funds. An FTA grant or cooperative agreement award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement or cooperative agreement. To access funds, the recipient must execute the grant agreement or cooperative agreement. To date, all available funds have been obligated.


Not Applicable.


The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 , Public Law 111-68; The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) , Public Law 111-68.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

From the 2010 appropriations, there are 29 remaining projects underway. There is no date by which these funds must be fully expended. However, FTA will monitor these projects for inactivity. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


(1) Quarterly financial; (2) quarterly or monthly progress; and (3) interim and final by electronic filing.


(1) Quarterly financial; (2) quarterly or monthly progress; and (3) interim and final.

Electronic filing is preferred.


(1) Quarterly financial; (2) quarterly or monthly progress; and (3) interim and final.

Electronic filing is preferred.


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.


Grant recipients shall retain records for three years following submission of a final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contracts documents, financial records, and supporting records.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $17,000; FY 17 est $30,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$250,000 to $10,800,000. Average: $2,300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Fiscal Year 2010 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Notice published October 1, 2009. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Office of Research Demonstration and Innovation to obtain the publication dates. FTA website Other information will be made available upon request.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Marcel Belanger, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI-20), Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-0725.

Headquarters Office

Marcel Belanger 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington , District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366 - 0725

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals were selected based on the following criteria as published in the Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA): energy savings of the project and/or greenhouse gas emission reductions of the project; innovation; cost; national applicability, project readiness, project management capabilities, return on investment, and geographic diversity.

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