FTA Announces First-Time Initiative to Build Resilience During Natural Disasters by Using Transit Buses to Generate Power

Published on: April 13, 2022

To help communities respond to natural disasters, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today published a $1 million Notice of Funding Opportunity for an organization or partnership to develop standards for exportable power systems from electric and fuel cell-powered buses, which can supply electricity to community buildings, emergency shelters and hospitals during power disruptions.

The Bus Exportable Power Systems (BEPS) Program is one of the first steps in an initiative to build community resiliency through transit. It supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s investment in America’s infrastructure and commitment to support communities during emergencies, which are occurring more frequently due to climate change.

The BEPS program was identified by Congress as part of the 2021 Appropriations Act as a strategy to help communities and states during emergencies and natural disasters. Applications are due by June 13.

Bus Exportable Power Systems (BEPS) Program
Notice of Funding Opportunity

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