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H.R. 512: Green Bus Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 512

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To require any bus purchased for use in public transportation with funds provided by the Federal Transit Administration to be a zero-emission bus, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Green Bus Act of 2021.

2.

Zero-emission bus requirements

(a)

In general

Chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 5312 the following:

5313.

Zero-emission bus requirements

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other requirements of this chapter, not later than October 1, 2029, any bus purchased or leased with funds provided under this chapter or otherwise provided by the Federal Transit Administration for purposes of providing public transportation shall be a zero-emission bus.

(b)

Federal share

Notwithstanding any other requirements of this chapter, the Federal share of the cost of any zero-emission bus purchased or leased with funds provided under this chapter or otherwise provided by the Federal Transit Administration for purposes of providing public transportation shall be 90 percent.

(c)

Definition of zero-Emission bus

In this section, the term zero-emission bus means a bus that, under any possible operational modes or conditions, produces no exhaust emissions of—

(1)

any greenhouse gas; or

(2)

any air pollutant for which air quality criteria are issued under section 108 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7408) or for which a national ambient air quality standard has been promulgated under section 109 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 7409).

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The table of sections for chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item related to section 5312 the following new item:

5313. Zero-emission bus requirements.

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3.

Report on best practices implementing zero-emission bus fleets

(a)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall compile, and make publicly available, a report containing best practices and lessons learned by transit agencies and States that have implemented or are in the process of implementing zero-emission bus fleets.

(b)

Consultation

In compiling the report, the Secretary shall consult with transit agencies, States, zero-emission bus manufacturers, and other stakeholders that the Secretary determines are appropriate.

(c)

Updates to report

The Secretary shall update the report required under subsection (a) annually.

4.

Preference under Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program for operators with full fleet transition plans

Section 5339(c) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(8)

Preference

In awarding grants under this subsection, the Secretary shall give preference to applicants who have completed a full fleet transition plan.

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