Request for Comments/Input
The Oregon Legislature in 2017 authorized a focused project list looking only to upgrade or replace at least 450 older diesel school buses. The DEQ accordingly issued a notice in May 2018 indicating that its plan is to target the replacement or upgrade of at least 450 school buses. Of the 2800 or so diesel school buses older than model year 2007 the DEQ determined that there would still be 450 buses remaining in 2025 after normal turnover had occurred. This funding is meant to facilitate the change out of these remaining buses. As per the direction in statute, buses were randomly selected among public and private school fleets operating in the state. This project will take about $18-20 million of the $72.9 allocation to the state of Oregon. DEQ anticipates the Oregon Legislature in the 2019 legislative session will consider authorizing additional priorities for the remaining funds. There will be opportunities for your involvement in this priority setting process both in the legislative and administrative realms.
25% - School bus program
75% - Flexible funding
Oregon SB1008. Appears to be extremely similar to SB 971. Includes authorization permitting the VW Settlement Funds to be deposited in the Clean Diesel Engine Fund and includes effort to replace 450 school buses, then focus on other on-road vehicles. Status: amended 4/24/17; public hearing and possible work session scheduled 5/17/17; work session scheduled 6/12/17, work session scheduled 6/21/17; amended 6/26/17, to Joint Committee on Ways and Means, assigned to Senate Subcommittee on Natural Resources, public hearing and work session scheduled for 6/29/17; passed Senate 7/5/17; passed House 7/7/17.