Chairman Price Announces $5.6 Million Federal Grant for Chapel Hill Transit to Acquire New Zero-Emission Buses

August 10, 2020
Press Release

Chapel Hill, NC (August 10, 2020) – Today, Representative David Price (NC-04), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), announced that the Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Transit will receive $5.6 million in competitive “Bus and Bus Facilities” grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase new zero-emission electric buses and related charging infrastructure.  Rep. Price supported Chapel Hill’s application and helped secure major funding increases for transit grants—including $170 million in discretionary funds for bus and bus facilities grants above authorized levels—in the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill, enacted into law (P.L. 116-94) last December.

“Chapel Hill Transit is a national leader when it comes to affordable, dependable public transportation that ensures people can conveniently connect to jobs, health care, and educational opportunities.  This funding will ensure the bus fleet remains in top shape, while reducing carbon emissions and air pollution,” said Chairman Price. “As THUD Chairman, I’ll continue working with my colleagues to provide robust federal support to transit agencies across the country.”

“Chapel Hill Transit is committed to becoming more sustainable and resilient, while taking steps to further reduce our own emissions. We believe that Battery Electric Buses (BEBs), combined with service improvements and expansions can provide the benefits of reducing emissions by expanding transit use while using vehicles that themselves emit less carbon,” said Brian Litchfield, Director of Chapel Hill Transit. “We appreciate Chairman Price’s leadership in supporting critical funding for systems like Chapel Hill Transit, as we implement and evaluate BEBs as a longer-term strategy of transitioning our fleet to BEBs.”

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.  Funding is provided through formula allocations and competitive grants.  More information can be found on FTA’s website here: https://cms7.fta.dot.gov/bus-program.