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Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These FAQs are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. FTA recipients and subrecipients should refer to FTA’s statutes and regulations for applicable requirements.

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Extended warranties are an eligible expense as part of a bus purchase, but not as a standalone project.

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Funds cannot be used to retrofit an existing facility with solar panels unless the panels are necessary for the operation of electric vehicles.  An agency can use Low-No funds to build a maintenance facility that uses solar panels if the facility is incidental to the operation of electric vehicles.

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No, this is no longer a program requirement or selection criterion.

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No.  However, FTA expects that the cost of consultant services is reasonable for the scope of the project.

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Although the match for Low-No projects is 85% federal, 15% local match, the workforce development match is still 80% federal, 20% local.

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No.  FTA cannot discuss specific applications once the debrief period ends. Agencies have 30 days to request a debrief once the selected projects are published in the Federal Register Notice (FRN).  The FRN for the 2017 cycle was published on March 19, 2018.  Debriefs were conducted from September 15, 2017, when the projects were announced, until April 19, 2018. 

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Yes.  Each can be considered a separate project.  However, it is up to the applicant whether to present multiple related activities as a single project or as multiple independent projects.  For projects with multiple components, FTA encourages applicants to identify how the project can be scaled.

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Applications will be evaluated based on the responses provided in the supplemental form and the attached documentation.  Content that is not included in the application package will not be reviewed. 

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Yes.  Since the battery lease would be part of the total project cost, any local funds used for the lease payments would be eligible as local match.

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Direct recipients receive funding directly from FTA. Designated recipients have been designated by the state governor or his/her designee to receive and/or sub-allocate. Both direct and designated recipients are eligible to apply directly for the Low-No program.

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Both the SF-424 and Program Supplemental forms can be downloaded from Grants.gov under the program opportunity tab.  The supplemental form is also available from the FTA website at www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/lowno.

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