Volkswagen Settlement

Recent Developments

On October 8, 2019, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) opened the funding round for refuse haulers. View grant program details at under the "Grants" tab, and click the “Learn More” tab. Approximately $8.3 million is available for replacements and repowers in the DFW area as first-come, first-served until October 8, 2020, or until all funds have been awarded.

On May 8, 2019, the TCEQ opened the funding round for school buses, transit buses, and shuttle buses. Approximately $11.7 million is available for bus projects in the DFW area. The TCEQ is currently awarding projects. For a full list of awarded entities, visit the web page linked above.

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Environmental Mitigation Trust (Trust)

On November 16, 2018, the TCEQ published the Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth Priority Area include Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties and will be receiving approximately $33.4 million. Eligible new vehicles must be powered by diesel or an alternative fuel.

Is your organization interesting in taking advantage of these incentives to go the “extra mile” and use cleaner alternative fuel vehicles?  Use the AFLEET online tool for an easy-to-use evaluation of the potential business case of alternative fuels in key vehicle segments.

Key Steps:

  • Select "AFLEET Online," "Start New Project, " and the appropriate "Vehicle Type."

  • Add applicable fuel types from the left column. Update "Purchase Price" with known costs and/or incentive amounts.

  • In the "Vehicle Options" tab, change the "State" to "Texas." If applicable, update the "Fuel Prices" with contracted fuel prices negotiated for your entity.

  • Click "Calculate Results" and view graphs on simple payback, emissions, and petroleum use.

  • Contact for more detailed assistance.

Key Resources for Trust:
Eligible Mitigation Actions and Other Funding Options [PDF]

Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment

Electrify America plans to invest $2 billion in ZEV infrastructure and education outreach over the next nine years. Electrify America has selected  metropolitan areas for the installation of new community charging infrastructure to be located in high-traffic, publicly accessible locations. Additional funds will be allocated to installing new DC fast-charging infrastructure along interstate highways nationwide.

Key Resources for ZEV Investment:

Role of NCTCOG

Over 10,000 violating VW vehicles were registered in North Texas. The extra pollution from these cars undermines ongoing efforts to attain the Ozone Standard. NCTCOG participated in efforts to maximize the benefits of any funding received in Texas, especially for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. NCTCOG efforts included:

Environmental Mitigation Trust

Zero Emission Vehicle Investment

For more information, please contact Lori Clark.