The Lower-Emission School Bus Program (LESBP) provides financial
opportunities to replace high-emitting pre-1987 model year school buses
with lower-emitting new buses, and to equip in-use diesel school buses
with ARB-verified diesel retrofit devices to reduce toxic PM emissions.
The LESBP provides up to $20,000 to install diesel particulate filters
and up to $140,000 per bus in financial opportunities to replace an
existing pre-1987 school bus. Although primarily funded through voter
approved bond sales, air districts may use local funds, such as motor
vehicle registration fee surcharge money, to replace or retrofit school
buses. The LESBP is generally administered through the local air
district. Air district lookup will help you determine which air
district you operate in.
For projects funded under the LESBP by bond funds, the San Joaquin
Valley Air Pollution Control (SJVAPCD) has partnered with the Air
Resources Board in acting as the implementing agency for the following
18 air districts: Amador, Antelope, Calaveras, Colusa, Feather River,
Great Basin, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mojave,
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Tuolumne.
If your school district, joint powers authority, or private
transportation contractor (provides transportation to public schools),
operates in one of these 18 air districts, then you would apply for
funding directly to SJVAPCD. You may wish to inquire directly with your
local air district about opportunities for funding through other
programs administered by the air district.
If your school district, joint powers authority, or private transportation contractor does not operate in one of these 18 air districts, please contact your local air district regarding all funding programs.