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Volkswagen Update: September 2018

Volkswagen Update: September 2018

Half of the states have now finalized their beneficiary mitigation plans, and we expect the other half to fall into that category by years end. More important, eight states have already published and closed funding opportunities and another five states are seeking applicants for open opportunities. These 13 funding opportunities represent nearly $167 million, with $68 million of that total carved out exclusively for school bus replacement.

There is definitely an emerging trend of school bus funding opening up before many of the other on- or off-road categories tagged for funding. So, the race to win as much cash as possible towards school bus replacement is officially on. Since the open period to apply is generally 30 days, there isn’t much time to get in front of customers to help maximize the number of buses they are applying for.  If possible, plan ahead and have a strategy in place for when funding opens up in your state. And don’t forget to connect with the ROUSH and Blue Bird teams. We are working diligently to enhance the tools and resources available to help your sales teams and customers.

As of September 2018:

Twenty-seven states have final plans:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah,  Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Eighteen states have draft plans:

Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Washington

Seven states are still developing their plans and are accepting comments:

Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and West Virginia

Please contact Chelsea Jenkins at to discuss how best to approach and plan for the next phase of VW Settlement (and other funding) opportunities in your state.

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