The Department of Administration issued a final plan on May 1, 2018. The plan follows legislative directive enacted earlier in the year that calls for funding public fleet vehicles and transit. The plan provides the following allocation:
62% On-Road (15% state medium and heavy duty trucks, 47% for public transit)
37.5% Flex Funds
Funding Opportunity for Transit Buses
The Department of Administration (DOA) administers the Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program to fund the replacement of eligible public transit buses under the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 established the Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program to competitively award Volkswagen Trust funds to replace eligible public transit vehicles.
The grant program funds the replacement and scrapping of 1992-2009 engine model year class 4-8 public transit buses with new replacement diesel or alternate fueled buses. The program gives preference to communities or routes that DOA determines are critical for connecting employees with employers. In the first round of grants, DOA competitively awarded $32 million of Volkswagen Trust funds to ten communities for the replacement of 58 eligible public transit buses. Written questions regarding the grant program must be submitted by February 5, 2020 and applications are due by March 18, 2020.
AB64. Provides direction that the VW Settlement Funds may be used for vehicles in the state fleet. Of the money set aside for this purposes, specifies that not more than $10 million shall be used out of a total of $21 million anticipated to be available in FY 2017 - 2019. Directs $10 million is to be allocated for state vehicles, and no more than $27 million for transit vehicles; passed both Houses as of 9/15/17. Governor vetoed line that says no more than $10 million can be spent in FY 2017 - 2019; final version also specifies that no more than $32 million shall be used for transit vehicles.