Low Carbon Transit Operations Program

Program Summary The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) provides operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. The LCTOP will fund projects that support new or expanded bus or rail services, expand intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For agencies whose service area includes disadvantaged communities, at least 50 percent of the total monies received shall be spent on projects that will benefit disadvantaged communities. The LCTOP will receive five percent of the annual auction proceeds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (Fund), beginning in 2015-16.
Administering Agency Agency
First funding year 2015
Investment Area Transportation and Sustainable Communities
Eligible Projects A variety of capital and operations projects can be funded with this program. This includes new buses and rail cars, station area improvements, upgrading of rail lines, and limited active transportation infrastructure such as bike racks on buses and at stations. Increased transit service frequency, expanded service, or new service are eligible operations projects. Additionally, agencies can also use funding on transit passes for students, seniors, low-income families, or other key demographics.