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Chapel Hill transit adding hybrid buses

Posted March 1, 2013
Updated September 6, 2013

— The town of Chapel Hill, which runs the second-largest transit system in the state, is adding 15 hybrid electric buses to its fleet, officials said Friday.

The new low-emission buses will bring the number of hybrids in the fleet to 44. The town also has 70 regular buses.

The town will hold an event to commemorate the acquisitions at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dillard’s parking lot.

"We are excited to provide better service to the community while helping the environment, too,” Brian Litchfield, interim director of Chapel Hill Transit, said in a statement. “The new hybrid buses allow us to replace older buses that have exceeded their useful life span.”

The new buses were paid for through a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration and $1.5 million in state and local funding.


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  • Ex-Republican Mar 1, 2013

    "The new buses were paid for through a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration"

    This is the kind of stuff that is occuring across the US multiplied by a factor of 100 million. The federal government needs to get out of the business of throwing away tax payer money.

  • 68_dodge_polara Mar 1, 2013

    I can image our children and grandchildren paying the crushing interest of the debt we accumulated will feel really comforted knowing that our endless spending self-righteous liberals rode around Chapel Hill for free on buses mostly paid for by them.

  • 68_dodge_polara Mar 1, 2013

    Gee an I thought the government was broke. I thought 40 cents out of every dollar the federal government spent is added to debt. I thought the federal government was 14 trillion in debt.

    Thank goodness this must not be so...

  • DontAnnoyMe Mar 1, 2013

    "Why is the federal government buying buses for Chapel Hill?"

    Maybe because they applied for a grant from the Federal Transit Administration? That agency funds - erm - transportation!

  • bottleworks Mar 1, 2013

    The feds usually cover 80% of the costs. That's standard - not just for CHT.

  • 68_dodge_polara Mar 1, 2013

    Why is the federal government buying buses for Chapel Hill?