Lower-Emission School Bus Program
This page last reviewed October 19, 2016
The primary goal of the Air
(ARB's) Lower-Emission School Bus Program is to
reduce school children's exposure to both cancer-causing and
smog-forming pollution. The program provides grant funding for new,
safer school buses and to put air pollution control equipment (i.e.,
retrofit devices) on buses that are already on the road.
Public Workshop on November 4, 2016The California Air Resources Board will hold a public workshop regarding emissions from the school bus fleet in the State of California. Staff will discuss the latest estimates of the statewide population of school buses, existing and potential funding sources available, and possible strategies to clean up the California school bus fleet.
View the Workshop Notice for more details.
This workshop will be available through GoToWebinar for those unable to attend in person. Stakeholders participating via webinar can submit comments and questions to staff during the workgroup meeting by using the chat function on the GoToWebinar navigation panel.
Register for the webinar
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San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Implementing the Lower-Emission School Bus Program on Behalf of ARBThe San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) is implementing the Lower-Emission School Bus Program on behalf of ARB, prioritizing funding for school districts in the small and medium air districts. For eligible school bus owners in small or medium air districts, when the application period is open, you would apply for funding directly to the SJVAPCD as well as checking with your local air district for any available local funds.
Please see the website for the Lower-Emission School Bus Program at the SJVAPCD.
Agreement between ARB and SJVAPCD to Fund Statewide School Bus Retrofit Program with Federal Fiscal Year 2015 State Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) and ARB FundsOn February 5, 2016, ARB and SJVAPCD fully executed a grant agreement that funds a statewide school bus retrofit program. The agreement allocates U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) funds from a Cooperative Agreement between U.S. EPA and ARB, and funds from ARB, to SJVAPCD to implement the program. The grant agreement awards $711,255 – $415,905 in State DERA funding and $295,350 in ARB funding – to SJVAPCD to retrofit school buses throughout California with diesel emission control strategies (with the option to implement several other back-up project types if necessary). It is anticipated that approximately 34 school buses will be retrofitted. Projects in small and medium air districts will receive funding preference over projects in large air districts.
Under similar agreements, SJVAPCD accomplished, or expects to accomplish, the following with funds from the previous fiscal years:
- Fiscal Year 2011-2012: 30 school buses retrofitted statewide with a total grant award of $546,000 ($317,185 in State DERA funds and $228,815 in ARB funds)
- Fiscal Year 2012-2013: 41 school buses retrofitted statewide with a total grant award of $777,000 ($454,899 in State DERA funds and $322,101 in ARB funds)
- Fiscal Year 2013-2014: 19 school buses retrofitted statewide with a total grant award of $357,000 ($205,152 in State DERA funds and $151,848 in ARB funds)
- Fiscal Year 2014-2015: Approximately 20 school buses will be retrofitted (a final number should be available in mid-2016) with a total grant award of $420,000 ($249,792 in State DERA funds and $170,208 in ARB funds)
Agreement between ARB and SJVAPCD to Fund Statewide School Bus Retrofit and Replacement Program with Funds from the Budget Act of 2013The Budget Act of 2013 – Assembly Bill 110, Chapter 20, Statutes of 2013 – authorizes ARB to use approximately $1.1 million of funds from the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 40) and the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B). Senate Bill 96, Chapter 356, Statutes of 2013 directs the use of those funds on the Lower-Emission School Bus Program. On February 4, 2014, ARB entered into an agreement with the SJVAPCD to allocate the aforementioned funds to the SJVAPCD to implement a statewide school bus retrofit and replacement program. Projects in small and medium air districts will receive funding priority over projects in large air districts.
Lower-Emission School Bus Program 2007Proposition 1B, which was approved by the voters on November 7th, 2006, enacts the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006. This bond act authorizes $200 million for replacing and retrofitting school buses.
- Click here for the School Bus Retrofit and Replacement Account page.
Guideline Web Pages for Program Fiscal Years: