Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation's Division of Public Transportation congratulates two of its grant recipients, YVEDDI and GoTriangle, for being honored at the 10th Annual Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (Mobile CARE) awards earlier this year.
Mobile CARE is an annual awards initiative organized by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center to recognize individual and organizational efforts in North Carolina aimed at reducing transportation related emissions, promoting fuel diversity and fuel economy through alternative fuels, advanced technologies, vehicle efficiency and other best practices.
The award for the Fleet category went to YVEDDI, a public transportation agency located in Davie, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties. This award category recognizes public or private fleets that have integrated alternative fuels or advanced transportation technologies and efficiencies.
YVEDDI currently operates 40 percent of its fleet on propane autogas, with seven vehicles converted to the alternate fuel in 2016. The agency plans to be close to 85 percent in the near future. This high utilization rate has led to significant cost savings and reductions in vehicle emissions.
The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program at GoTriangle was recognized in the Organization category. The program focuses on reducing the amount of single occupancy vehicles on the road to improve air quality, reduce congestion, and improve the quality of life for residents of the Triangle region.
The efforts of the GoTriangle TDM program in 2016 resulted in 14,393 new alternative mode users, a reduction in daily vehicle miles traveled by 141,770 miles and nearly 6,000 gallons of gasoline saved daily. The increase in alternative mode users and reduction in vehicle miles traveled have led to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 64,605 kgs/day.