Padilla, Feinstein Announce Over $184 Million in Grants to Help California Transition to Clean Buses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) announced that California was awarded over $184 million in grants to support California transit agencies’ transition to zero- and low-emission buses through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) and the FY 2023 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. These programs—which received increased funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—help transit agencies purchase and lease new, cleaner vehicles as well as invest in required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities.

“Today’s announcement is a significant step in California’s transition to zero- emission bus fleets,” said Senator Padilla. “I am proud that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making it possible for transit agencies to purchase cleaner buses and finally invest in the charging and maintenance facilities needed to make this transition possible. I applaud these critical grants and I will continue leading the charge for investments that reduce air pollution and create healthier air for all our communities.”

“California has an established goal to transition the state’s entire transit bus fleet to zero-emission by 2040, and I’m thrilled the Department of Transportation has committed millions of dollars to help our state accomplish this. These grants will put more busses on our roads, help reduce pollution in our communities and address the ever-present threat of climate change,” said Senator Feinstein.

The grants across California include:

  • $31,535,000 for the Marin County Transit District
  • $30,128,378 for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • $29,330,243 for the North Country Transit District
  • $25,513,684 for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
  • $20,381,950 for the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District
  • $12,458,500 for the Solano County Transit
  • $9,899,120 for the City of Santa Rosa
  • $5,750,351 for the Golden Empire Transit District
  • $3,609,800 for the City of Anaheim

A complete list of the California transit agencies receiving grants is available here

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $5.5 billion through FY 2026 for the Low-No Program—more than six times greater than the previous five years of funding. For FY 2023, approximately $1.22 billion was available for grants under this program. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides nearly $2 billion through FY 2026 for the Buses and Bus Facilities Program. For FY 2023, approximately $473.1 million for grants was available under this program. Click here for more information about the 2023 programs


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