Chapel Hill Transit awarded for green effects

Posted July 1, 2008
Updated July 6, 2008

— Chapel Hill's free public transportation system has been honored as an innovative way to increase energy efficiency and to help curb global warming.

Mayor Kevin Foy accepted the award on behalf on the town during the 2008 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards.

Chapel Hill Transit has been free to riders since 2001. An estimated 6.5 million people will use the service in 2008.

"It has reduced vehicle miles traveled, which means cleaner air and a better quality of life. A robust transit system is vital given the recent sudden increases in oil prices and the difficult economic times,” Foy said.


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  • Smokin Jul 7, 2008

    Yes, taxes are used, but a great deal of that money comes from UNC and student fees. I use the bus as much as possible. Even when I was a student and it wasn't free, I used the transit system as parking on campus and uptown is practically nonexistent.

  • Sophie Lowe Jul 3, 2008

    Typical feel good liberal pose-a-thon.

  • HappyGirl08 Jul 3, 2008

    The new buses are pretty.

  • 68_polara Jul 2, 2008

    It's not free, the money is confiscated from tax payers. But as long as liberals feel good about them selves doing it.