View All News
$21 Million Available for SoCal Cities and Counties to Invest in Clean Vehicles, Fuels and Transport
September 22, 2017
The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) recently approved $21 million for cities and counties within the South Coast air district to invest in local clean vehicle, fuel and transportation projects through its new Local Government Partnership Program.
The MSRC’s 2017 Local Government Partnership Program offers local agencies that participate in the AB 2766 Motor Vehicle Subvention Fund Program a pro-rata share of the MSRC’s available funding, avoiding the need for a competitive grant process or to award funding on a first-come, first-served basis.
Under the program, eligible vehicle purchase and lease categories include: light-duty zero-emission vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles, and near-zero emission heavy-duty alternative fuel vehicles and engine re-powers. Infrastructure projects include: electric vehicle charging installation, and alternative fuel station construction or expansion. Jurisdictions with smaller populations also will be eligible to invest in these types of projects: traffic signal coordination and synchronization, bicycle active transportation programs, and first mile/last mile strategies.
The MSRC designed the program so that it can partner directly with eligible cities and counties to “jump-start” clean transportation projects that will be needed to successfully implement the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) developed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The AQMP provides the blueprint for how the region will achieve federal air quality standards, and highlights that air pollutant emissions must be reduced by an additional 75 percent in order to meet the 2023 federal ozone standard. The program emphasizes the need for an accelerated transition to zero and near-zero emission vehicles along with the necessary supporting infrastructure so that federal air quality standards can be met timely.
Applicants interested in applying for Local Government Partnership Program funding should participate in an MSRC-hosted workshop/webcast on October 3 at 10 a.m. (Access the webcast here: http://www.aqmd.gov/home/library/live-webcast?ms=AJvOQ4iMdjQ). Applications must be submitted by March 2, 2018.
The solicitation is available at: http://www.cleantransportationfunding.org/rfp/view/2017-local-government-partnership-program
ABOUT THE MSRC
The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) was formed in 1990 when Assembly Bill AB 2766 was signed into law authorizing a $4 motor vehicle registration fee. Thirty percent of the $4 fee or approximately $14 million annually is used for programs administered by the MSRC. All of the programs eligible for funding must reduce air pollution from mobile sources.
Membership of the MSRC is made up of representatives from the transportation agencies of Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange County, as well as the Southern California Association of Governments, Southern California Rideshare, California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
MSRC Contracts Administrator