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Notice of Funding Availability - Reducing Locomotive Emissions in the District

Friday, April 26, 2019

DOEE seeks an eligible entity to manage the upgrade and re-powering of diesel-powered switcher locomotive(s) at Union Station with new, cleaner, lower emitting engines and meet the eligibility criteria of the Volkswagen (VW) Settlement and Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA).

The grantee will develop specifications, find a shop to repower the switcher, assure high quality work, and arrange for return to Amtrak’s Union Station yard. It will need to coordinate with Amtrak’s national and local engineering teams. The grantee will ensure the required cost-share from Amtrak for each switcher locomotive covered by this grant. The grantee will also keep DOEE’s Air Quality Division informed of its progress and any challenges. Some community stakeholder communication is desirable. The project is expected to conclude in a little over 12 months.

If this project succeeds cost-effectively, DOEE may add to and extend the grant. The amount available for the project is approximately $550,000 Most of the funds will be spent on a contractor/s to refit the locomotive.

A person may obtain a copy of this RFA by any of the following means:

  Download from the Attachments below.

Email a request to [email protected] with “Request copy of RFA 2019-1914-AQD” in the subject line.


Pick up a copy in person from the Department’s reception desk, located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002. To make an appointment, call Joseph Jakuta at (202) 535-2988 and mention this RFA by name.


Write DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Joseph Jakuta RE:2019-1914-AQD” on the outside of the envelope.

The deadline for application submissions is May 28, 2019, at 4:30 pm. Five hard copies must be submitted to the above address and a complete electronic copy must be e-mailed to [email protected].

Eligibility: The institutions below may apply for these grants:

  • Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
  • Faith-based organizations;
  • Government agencies
  • Universities/educational institutions; and
  • Private Enterprises.

For additional information regarding this RFA, write to: [email protected]