Transit Planning
Press Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              

Contact:  Jean Leier (704) 432-0496


Charlotte, N.C., November 3, 2010 - The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) just received two additional federal grants that will help save money and protect the environment.  “We are constantly seeking grants and other revenue sources to leverage the investment Mecklenburg County citizens make to public transit through the dedicated sales tax,” said Carolyn Flowers, CATS CEO.  “These two grants will assist us in reducing operational expenses.”  CATS has been awarded over $28.5 million this year in state and federal grants.  Click here to learn how this money is being put to use to improve your transit system.

The Bus Canopy Solar PVS/Charging Project is part of the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER II) program.  The $1.0 million award will be used at the CATS South Tryon Bus Facility which includes nine bus canopies in the middle of the lot that provide shade for the vehicles and allow the buses to cool quicker when going into service.  These canopies will be the site of 2,268 solar PV panels which could generate up to 50.5 megawatt hours of power each month and approximately 12 percent of the annual electric use at this facility.

CATS also received $421,580 for the Clean Fuels Bus and Bus Facilities Program.  This grant award will be used to purchase more efficient and light weight Special Transportation Service (STS) vehicles as identified as part of CATS’ 2007-2012 Countywide Transit Services Plan.

CATS will replace five older, less efficient STS vehicles in the fleet with five 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 7 years and 200,000 miles.

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