The plan sets out the state’s strategy for distributing more than $209 million received in settlement of claims relating to emissions control defeat devices on Volkswagen’s light-duty diesel vehicles. The plan identifies seven Priority Areas to receive the bulk of the funding. These Priority Areas are areas monitoring ozone concentrations near or above the National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Future grants could be awarded on a first come basis or competitively.
Priority Area funding will be allocated as follows:
- 33 percent of the total funds are allocated to the seven Priority Areas based on the relative percentage of affected VW vehicles registered in those areas.
- 15 percent of the total funds are allocated equally among the state’s three ozone non-attainment areas.
- 33 percent of the total funds are allocated among the Priority Areas based on a strategic assessment of where the funding is more likely to make a difference in the near term in achieving or maintaining attainment with the federal standard for ozone.
- 15 percent of the total funds for statewide installation of charging stations for electric vehicles and fueling stations for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
- 4 percent to administer the program.
The plan includes funding for the following types of vehicles/equipment:
- Class 4 – 7 local freight trucks
- Class 8 local freight trucks and port drayage trucks
- School buses
- Transit and shuttle buses
- Electric Forklifts and port cargo handling equipment
- Electric Ground service equipment
- Ocean going vessel shore power
- Light duty electric vehicle infrastructure
Funding Opportunity $58 million: TECQ issued a request for applications on May 8, 2019. Funding is available on a first come first basis for school buses, transit buses, and shuttle buses owned or operated by government and non-government fleets. To qualify vehicles must be operated (51% of mileage) in following areas: Austin Area; Beaumont-Port Arthur Area; Bell County; Dallas-Ft. Worth Area; El Paso County; Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area; and the San Antonio Area. The solicitation includes some restrictions on how many vehicles may initially be requested, however, subsequent requests can be submitted. The opportunity closes May 8, 2020. Details are available here by clicking on the link to Grants: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/agency/trust.
Workshop: May 16: Texas VW Mitigation Plan Application Workshop: Grants for Projects to Replace or Re-power School Buses, Transit Buses and Shuttle Buses. Attend this workshop at 2:00 p.m. at North Central Texas Council of Governments, Transportation Council Room, 616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, Texas 76011.