Funding for new vanpool vans, diesel buses and environmentally-friendly upgrades
RALEIGH - The N.C. Board of Transportation at their November meeting earlier this month approved two state-funded grants totaling $146,250 for the city of Charlotte, operating as the Charlotte Area Transit System, through the NCDOT Public Transportation Division
Urban/Regional Bus and Facility Program. The Urban/Regional Bus and Facility Program provides the required 10 percent state match to direct recipients of grants through the Federal Transit Administration for projects such as new buses and vehicles, as well as maintenance, operations or transfer facilities. CATS was approved two Federal Transit Administration Urbanized Area Formula Program capital grants from funds transferred from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. The below approved state funding will serve as the required 10 percent state match for these federal grants.
- $131,250 to put towards the purchase of two replacement buses. Once the buses are purchased they will be upgraded to include diesel particulate filters that further reduce emissions. The funding will also go towards promoting the Clean Air Initiatives program with a regional website and marketing campaign. These funds match $131,250 in local funds and $1,050,000 in federal funds, totaling $1,312,500; and
- $15,000 to put towards the purchase of five vans that will expand the vanpool fleet and support the increase in ridership in the vanpool program. These funds match $15,000 in local funds and $120,000 in federal funds, totaling $150,000.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office, the NCDOT Public Transportation Division has awarded more than $310 million in grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.