Charlotte receives two federal transportation grants

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Area Transit System recently received two additional federal grants that officials say will help save money and protect the environment.

The Bus Canopy Solar PVS/Charging Project is part of the federal Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction program. The system will use the $1 million grant at its South Tryon Bus Facility, which has nine bus canopies in the middle of the lot that provide shade for the vehicles and allow the buses to cool the passenger section quicker when going into service.

The grant will pay to install 2,268 solar panels on the canopies, which could generate up to 50.5 megawatt hours of power each month or approximately 12 percent of the annual electric use at the facility.

The transit system also received $421,580 from the Clean Fuels Bus and Bus Facilities Program to buy more efficient, lightweight Special Transportation Service vehicles.

The system will replace five older, less efficient vehicles in the fleet with new vehicles that emit 56 percent less carbon dioxide, get more miles per gallon, only require preventative maintenance every 10,000 miles and have an increased lifespan up to seven years and 200,000 miles.

To learn more about CATS and its services, call 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit www.ridetransit.org.

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