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Program Ended June 30th 2011

Vermont School Bus Replacement Program

Application Deadline is August 3, 2009

What is the Vermont School Bus Replacement Program?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides funding for public health and environmental initiatives, such as grants to assist state governments with projects that reduce public exposure to diesel emissions. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to diesel exhaust, even at low levels, is a serious health hazard and can cause respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, lung damage, and increased risk of lung cancer. Therefore, to reduce the exposure of children to diesel exhaust emissions from school buses, t he Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing incentive funding for qualifying school districts to replace older, more heavily polluting buses with new buses equipped with more advanced pollution control technology. DEC is currently accepting applications for funding under this program and encourages all interested school districts to apply.

Who's eligible to apply?

All interested supervisory unions and school districts within the State of Vermont . Districts that lease buses or contract for student transportation services may apply on behalf of their respective leasing companies or bus contractors.

Which vehicles are eligible for replacement?

Any diesel-fueled, primary-use school bus that is currently inspected, registered, and operated in the State of Vermont and that meets the early replacement criteria described in the program guidelines below. For the purposes of this application, t he term "school bus" refers to a heavy-duty vehicle that is painted school bus yellow, has a manufacturer's rated seating capacity of more than 15 passengers, and routinely transports children to and from an educational facility.

What's the selection process?

In the event there is more interest in the program than available funding, applicants will be selected based on the following criteria: 1) age of fleet, 2) rate of fleet turnover, 3) size of fleet, 4) annual fleet mileage, 5) student population, and/or 6) flexibility in the timeframe for bus replacements. Applications received after the deadline may not be eligible for funding under this program. Each applicant will be informed as to whether or not the minimum eligibility requirements have been met. DEC staff will notify selected applicants via e-mail prior to the beginning of the project period.

What's the timeframe?

Applications must be received by Monday, August 3, 2009. All activities related to the project must be completed prior to June 30, 2010.

How do I apply?

  • Carefully read the Program Guidelines for additional requirements and limitations.

  • Complete the Application Form and submit a hardcopy with original signature to:

  • Attn.: David Love
    Vermont DEC, Air Pollution Control Division
    Building 3 South, 103 South Main Street
    Waterbury, VT 05671-0402

  • Complete the School Bus Inventory electronically and submit as an e-mail attachment to:

  • Questions regarding the application form or the school bus inventory should be directed to David Love at (802) 241-3554 or via e-mail at


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