Chatham Area Transit gets $1.5 million grant

Chatham Area Transit gets $1.5 million grant
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Federal Transit Administration has announced that $84 million in grant money will be awarded to 41 states - Georgia included.

According to the administration, Savannah was the only city in Georgia to be a part of the grant, claiming $1.5 million for Chatham Area Transit. That grant will go towards the CAT buses to purchase battery electric buses and install depot chargers.

Alderman Bill Durrence says the project has been in the works for about two or three years now.

"We've also gotten grant money recently to buy a bunch of new paratransit vehicles that are gradually coming into service right now, so CAT has come a long way in the last two years with vehicles and a lot of support funding," Durrence said.

Durrence says he believes the bus system is evolving and electrical buses will be more common in the near future, especially because of the environmental impact it will have.

"It's great, it's great. Anything we can do to get new buses and get better service," Durrence said.

He says they already have about three electrical buses in Savannah and are excited to have more. He says they'll also spend the next year or so altering routes and these buses should be en route within the next year as well.

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