Electric Buses Coming to Chapel Hill

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $1.382 million grant to Chapel Hill Transit to purchase two zero-emission, electric buses. Chapel Hill’s grant application was selected as one of 52 grants awarded nationwide through the Low or No Emission Bus Grant Program.

 “We are excited to have our electric bus project funded, as it will help us and our funding partners reduce our greenhouse gas footprint and meet our sustainability goals,” said Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield. “We were one of the first transit systems in North Carolina to utilize hybrid technologies in our fleet and look forward to adding electric vehicles the our fleet that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University.”

Chapel Hill expects to acquire the new buses over the next 18-24 months, pending a bid process and the selected manufacturers delivery schedule.

In addition to replacing some of its aging diesel-bus fleet, Chapel Hill Transit and its funding partners have taken recent actions to reduce its carbon footprint through solar power including lighting at bus stops, security cameras at park and ride lots and an upcoming project to review the possibility of making the Transit facility solar-powered.

Chapel Hill Transit would especially like to thank the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, the UNC-Chapel-Hill, the NC Department of Transportation – Public Transportation Division and Congressman David Price for their support in this process.

Serving over 60 square miles, Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider for Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill, and is the second largest transit system in North Carolina in terms of ridership. Chapel Hill Transit provides fixed-route bus services (30 weekday and weekend routes) and EZ Rider (ADA) services. Chapel Hill Transit has a fleet of 117 vehicles (98 fixed-route and 19 demand response) – providing more than 6.5 million annual rides and covering more than 2.5 million annual miles.

FTA Announcement: https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/FY18-Low-No-Project-Selections