Obama Administration Sends $100M in Stimulus Aid to 43 Transit Agencies

The U.S. DOT announced today that 43 local transit agencies from more than two dozen states would share the $100 million in competitive clean-transport grants included in this winter’s $787 billion economic stimulus law.

marta15.jpgAtlanta’s transit system, pictured above, won $10.8 million in stimulus aid. (Photo: Atlanta MetBlogs)

The big winners in the bid for extra transit stimulus money were Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Oakland, and the state of Connecticut, all of which won more than $4 million in federal aid to modernize and upgrade their transit systems.

Atlanta’s metro transit authority will use its $10.8 million grant to erect the state’s largest solar-panel installation, while Los Angeles won $4.5 million for a plan to store and re-utilize the energy produced by braking subway trains.

Today’s show of federal support for transit may be just a prelude, however; Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is currently evaluating a flood of bids for the stimulus law’s $1.5 billion in competitive TIGER grants, which are open to all modes of transportation. Winners of money from the TIGER program — its full name is Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery — could be announced as soon as this fall.

After the jump, check out the full list of the transit agencies that won federal grants, along with their proposed projects, as released today by the U.S. DOT.

Alabama:  Montgomery Area Transit System (Montomery), $2,675,000. 
Purchase of Five Hybrid Electric Buses: City of Montgomery-MATS
proposes to purchase 30-35 foot low floor hybrid-electric buses in
order to replace existing transit system buses.

California:  AC Transit (Hayward, headquarters in Oakland), $6,400,000. 
Install photovoltaic capacity to generate "green" hydrogen: Install
multiple PV modules at its Central Maintenance Facility in Hayward.
Combined with AC Transit’s already-installed solar capacity, this solar
installation will produce the renewable electricity equivalent to what
will be required to produce 180 kg/day of "green" hydrogen. 

California:  City of Santa Clarita, $4,620,000.  Photovoltaic
Modules on Transit Maintenance Facility:  Add photovoltaic (PV) modules
to the Transit Maintenance Facility (TMF) to generate electricity to
offset the electric power consumed at the TMF site. The PV modules will
be placed on top of canopies that will generate electricity while
providing shade for full-size inter-city and commuter buses.

California:  Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Los Angeles), $4,466,000. 
Red Line Westlake Rail Wayside Energy Storage System:  Install wayside
energy storage substation (WESS) at Westlake passenger station is
at-grade level on the high-speed heavy rail subway Red Line. The nearby
traction power substation will be switched off when the WESS is
operating.  The WESS flywheel technology captures regenerative braking
energy when trains slow or stop and transfer back to same train or
another train when it starts or accelerates, reducing energy demand and
peak power requirements.

California:  North County Transit District (North San Diego, headquarters in Oceanside), $2,000,000.  PV Solar Implementation at facilities:  Install PV solar in a variety of facilities. 

Colorado:  Denver Regional Transportation District (Aurora, headquarters in Denver), $770,000. 
Heating upgrades at East Metro bus maintenance facility:  To improve
the heating system at its East Metro bus maintenance facility located
in Aurora, CO.  This project will replace the three existing boilers
with three new 15-psi, 20-ppm NOx boilers with Advanced Hawk Integrated
Control Systems.  The advanced control system will operate the boilers
based on load demand as opposed to outside temperature.

Colorado:  Denver Regional Transportation District (Boulder, headquarters in Denver), $325,000. 
Heating upgrades at Boulder bus maintenance facility:  To improve the
heating system at its Boulder bus maintenance facility located in
Boulder, CO.  This project will replace two old boilers with four new
2.5 MBtu Clearfire condensing boilers with 20-ppm low NOx burners. An
updated control system will allow the boilers to be reset based on
outdoor air temperatures, will reduce cycling of the boilers, and will
serve as a boiler master controller that will stage the boilers based
on demand loading.

Connecticut:  Connecticut Department of Transportation (statewide) $7,000,000. 
Stationary Fuel Cells and Hybrid Transit Buses Incremental Costs:  The
purchase of diesel-electric hybrid transit buses and stationary fuel
cells for use in the statewide bus system in Connecticut. This grant
would allow ConnDOT to upgrade the upcoming purchases of buses and
would fund the incremental cost of a hybrid bus compared to a
conventional bus.  It would also fund stationary fuel cells to provide
primary and emergency back-up power for the bus maintenance and storage

Delaware:  Delaware Transit Corporation (statewide), $1,500,000. 
Solar Panel Installations at DTC facilities:  Retrofits Delaware
Transit Corporation facilities with solar panels, which will generate
cost savings through fossil fuel energy reductions.

Florida:  Palm Tran (West Palm Beach), $320,000. 
Diesel Bus Efficiency Improvements with Thermal Motor Fans:  Purchase
and install Thermal Motor Fans for diesel buses to improve bus
efficiency and lower fuel costs.

Florida:  Broward County Transit, $2,000,000. 
Diesel Bus Efficiency Improvements bus cooling System retrofits: 
Replace the mechanically/hydraulically driven cooling system on buses
with electrically powered devices in order to achieve fuel savings and
reductions in energy and greenhouse gas emissions. BCT will purchase
and install MiniHybrid Thermal Systems ("MH8") from EMP Advanced
Development LLC (EMP) which will increase fuel efficiency by 5 percent.

Georgia:  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, $10,800,000. 
Laredo Bus Facility Solar Canopies:  Provide shade structures with
integrated, grid tied photovoltaic cells to be erected on the bus
storage lot at the Laredo Bus Maintenance Facility. PV canopies will
produce power and reduce temperatures underneath canopies.  MARTA
anticipates that the power produced by these photovoltaic panels will
be sold to Georgia Power under their Distributed Generation Contract
Program.  The largest PV installation in Georgia.

Iowa:  Ames Transit Agency (Ames, CyRide), $1,600,000.  Hybrid bus purchase incremental costs:  Upgrade forty-foot diesel buses on order to hybrid electric buses.

Illinois:  Illinois Department of Transportation on behalf of seven transit agencies (statewide), $4,030,000. 
Statewide Paratransit Bus Hybrid Program:  Purchase 31 paratransit
hybrid buses to replace 31 gas and diesel vehicles. Buses will be
powered by an Azure Dynamics hybrid system of Michigan. Agencies
include Champaign Urbana, MTD; Rockford MTD; St Clair MTD; Springfield
MTD; PACE Suburban Bus; Rock Island MTD; Bloomington-Normal Public
Transit System.

Illinois:  Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago), $1,500,000. 
North Park Electrification – Electric Power Delivery System for Outdoor
Bus Parking:  Construct electrified stalls that will deliver electrical
power for up to 80 vehicles and provide services such as heating and
air-conditioning to vehicles that would otherwise be left idling during
overnight cleaning and prior to morning pullout.

Illinois:  Rock Island Metro (Rock Island), $600,000. 
Solar Thermal System:  A solar thermal system on the building roof will
provide hot water for the operations building and the maintenance
building.  This is a solar thermal project not based on PV-based solar.

Illinois:  Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District – CUMTD (Champaign-Urbana), $450,000.  
Facility upgrade with Geothermal Heat Pump System:  CUMTD will replace
the existing conventional HVAC system with an efficient geothermal HVAC
system.  Geothermal HVAC systems are highly effective system with
improved efficiencies over conventional systems due to the heat
exchange process with an underground source that maintains a near
constant temperatures.

Indiana:  Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (Lafayette), $2,180,000. 
Wind Energy Project:  GLPTC seeks to reduce its electrical energy usage
by investing in a renewable source of energy to be generated by wind
using equipment on site. The primary use of electrical energy by GLPTC
is by its garage and maintenance facilities.  The installation of wind
turbine units on GLPTC premises is projected to provide a significant
amount of the total amount of electrical energy used by CityBus.

Massachusetts:  Lowell Regional Transit Authority (Lowell), $1,500,000. 
Hale Street Solar Photovoltaic system:  The installation of a
photovoltaic panel array on the roof of the Hale Street garage facility
owned by the LRTA. The facility is used by the LRTA to store, fuel,
maintain, and repair transportation vehicles (buses, vans, tow trucks
etc.) as well as administrative and dispatch services. The facility is
a 70,000 square foot building located in an industrial zone in Lowell,

Massachusetts:  Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Boston), $2,500,000. 
Renewable Wind Energy:  MBTA will design and construct wind energy
generation turbines in eastern Massachusetts (from among Kingston,
Newburyport, Bridgewater).

Maryland:  Maryland Transit Administration (statewide), $522,000.  Halon
1301 Replacement:  The MTA currently has approximately 5 metric tons of
Halon 1301 (CBrF3) deployed at 24 MTA facilities in and surrounding
Baltimore City. Each metric ton of Halon 1301 released to the
atmosphere – intentionally or inadvertently – is equivalent to
releasing 6,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The scope of this
project includes destruction of MTA’s inventory of Halon 1301 and
replacement with another clean agent.

Michigan:  Thunder Bay Transportation Authority – TBTA (Alpena), $2,590,000. 
Plug-in hybrid buses purchase:  Replace 4 diesel buses with 4 series
plug-in hybrid buses, operate in a non-urban/rural area and collect
data for two years. Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) will
provide technical assistance to TBTA.

Michigan:  Flint Mass Transportation Authority (Flint), $2,200,000. 
Ultra-light Zero Emissions Buses:  Replaces two of Flint MTA diesel
buses with advanced all-electric Zero-Emissions GTB-40 buses from
Fisher Coachworks. The new Fisher buses will provide more than triple
the equivalent fuel economy in all-electric mode and reduce CO2
emissions due to the extensive use of lightweight materials and the
large capacity battery system.

Minnesota:  Productive Alternatives/Transit Alternatives (Fergus Falls), $845,000. 
Energy Reduction Consolidated Projects:  A variety of building
energy-efficiency upgrades, hybrid vehicle upgrades, wind generator
power systems, and the equipment needed to convert cooking oil to a
blend with vehicle fuel to operate some of their buses.

Minnesota:  Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Council (Minneapolis), $1,100,000. 
Replace Diesel Buses with Gas Hybrid Electric Buses:  Metro Mobility is
scheduled to replace small diesel buses that have operated over
255,000. The proposed replacement vehicles include small gas/electric
hybrid buses.

North Carolina:  City of Charlotte/Charlotte Area Transit System (Charlotte), $3,000,000. 
Hybrid Buses:  Upgrade a planned order of buses from diesel to hybrid
technology. CATS’ fleet and financial plans call for the replacement
1998, 1999 and 2007 year diesel buses with new diesel buses in fiscal
year 2012. This project will upgrade the replacement buses to hybrid

New Jersey:  NJ Transit (statewide), $250,000. 
Efficient Air Compressor Systems at NJ TRANSIT Facilities:  NJ TRANSIT
completed energy audits of its 20 largest facilities and identified air
compressor conservation opportunities including variable frequency
drives and increased air storage at 5 locations. These projects improve
the working environment, conserve energy, reduce operating/maintenance
costs and reduce GHG emissions for a ten-year lifecycle.

Nevada:  Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (Reno), $3,000,000. Diesel
Electric Hybrid Articulated Buses: Purchase low floor 60′ hybrid
electric diesel articulated buses to replace 40′ and 35′ diesel buses. 

New York:  Capital District Transportation Authority (Albany), $3,520,000.  Hybrid Electric Buses Incremental Costs:  For the incremental cost of making transit buses hybrid electric.

New York:  New York City Transit Department of Subways (New York City), $2,000,000. 
Remote 3rd Rail Heaters Monitoring and Control System:  Install
wireless control points linked to 3rd rail heaters in two phases. The
project will allow these 3rd rail heaters to be remotely monitored and
turned on and off from a central control location depending on weather
conditions, thus minimizing electricity use and eliminating wasted
energy. TIGGER will fund the labor portion of the project only.
Material is being financed and procured through the New York Power

Ohio:  Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (Cleveland), $2,257,000. 
Facility Energy Conservation Project:  Based on the results of a
comprehensive conservation analysis, GCRTA will implement a
conservation project with energy procurements and retrofit resulting in
significant cost savings.  Includes replacement of lighting fixtures,
control systems, and roof upgrades at selected facilities.

Oregon:  Lane Transit District (Eugene), $3,000,000. 
Hybrid Transit Buses Incremental Costs:  For the incremental cost of
hybrid-electric propulsion on 40-foot replacement buses. The buses to
be replaced are diesel propulsion and have been in service since 1994.

Oregon:  Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Portland), $750,000. 
Diesel Bus Efficiency Improvements with Bus Cooling System Retrofits: 
Replace the existing hydraulically-powered engine cooling system with a
more efficient electrically powered system. This technology has been
shown at TriMet to improve fuel mileage by over 5 percent.

Pennsylvania:  Red Rose Transit Authority – RRTA (Lancaster), $2,450,000. 
RRTA’s Operations and Administrative Center Facility Upgrades:  Add
energy improvements to the planned upgrade of Red Rose Transit’s main
operations facility in Lancaster, PA.  Energy improvements include
geothermal for heating and air conditioning, skylights and light tubes
to reduce lighting fixture needs, solar panels on all available roof
surfaces to produce electricity, a green roof on the new office
addition, two waste oil burners to heat the vehicle storage building
using waste oil generated by RRTA from the vehicle fleet, and energy
efficient fixtures throughout the facility.

Rhode Island:  Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority – RIPTA (statewide), $345,000. 
Lighting Conversion and Upgrades for Facilities:  Converting the
lighting system at four RIPTA facilities to more energy efficient
systems. The benefits of this project were identified as part of a
recent energy review conducted of RIPTA facilities by Northern Energy
Services. The project would entail installing new highly efficient
compact fluorescent light fixtures in RIPTA facilities.

Tennessee:  Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (Chattanooga), $650,000. 
Lighting Upgrades for Facilities:  Purchase and installation of
approximately 1,724 existing fluorescent lights with LED lighting in
seven areas of operation. This project would encompass CARTA’s parking
garage facilities, bus barn and shop, service lane, steam room, and
maintenance shop.

Texas:  VIA Metropolitan Transit (San Antonio), $5,000,000. 
Composite body electric buses:  Replace conventional diesel transit
buses with 35-ft composite body electric transit buses. The project
includes quick-charging stations at this terminal layover in route to
recharge bus batteries. Grid sourced electrical energy used to recharge
the bus batteries will be augmented with solar energy collected with
panels procured and installed under this project.

Virginia:  Arlington Transit – ART (Arlington), $1,500,000. 
CNG-Hybrid Buses:  Purchase CNG-Hybrid buses to replace Ford Diesel
vehicles in the ART fleet. The CNG-Hybrid buses are heavy duty and
larger than the current light duty Ford vehicles.

Washington:  Snohomish County Public Transit Benefit Area – Community Transit (Everett), $3,000,000. 
Hybrid Bus Transit Incremental Costs:  The incremental cost of a hybrid
propulsion system on 30 forty foot diesel buses that are already being

Washington:  Link Transit (Chelan-Wenatchee), $2,925,000. 
Battery Powered Zero Emission Circulator Buses:  Innovative Quick
Opportunity Charge, Lithium-Ion "Titanate" Battery Powered Community
Bus program. This project replaces five diesel powered buses operating
on high frequency circulator routes and will also create a "quick
charge" automated opportunity charge station with two charging podiums
at Link Transit’s Intermodal Transportation Center. An additional
manual charging station would be installed at Operations Base.

Washington:  Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area (Vancouver), $1,500,000. 
Facility Improvement Project:  Improve various systems and install
solar panels at several Clark County facilities.  System improvements
include high performance fluorescent lighting, LED exit signs,
retrofitting existing pole lights; and installing occupancy sensors for
private offices, conference rooms and bathrooms.  HVAC upgrades include
DDC control system covering all buildings, expanded control system with
advanced control strategies. Solar PV system installations range from
5kW to 20kW.

Wisconsin:  Madison Metro Transit (Madison), $150,000.  Lighting
Upgrades in Bus Storage and Maintenance Garage areas: This project will
install replacement lighting in bus storage and maintenance garage

Wisconsin:  Milwaukee County Department of Transportation and Public Works (Milwaukee), $210,000. 
Purchase gasoline-electric hybrid vans:  Gasoline-electric hybrid vans
will be purchased to replace gasoline-powered vans used by transit


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