The Cities Area Transit (CAT) for Grand Forks is starting three of its bus routes with hybrid electric and diesel vehicles. CAT’s Superintendent Dale Bergman said, “We are looking at a 30% savings on fuel and maintenance costs,” with the addition of the two hybrid electric buses and the one diesel bus. “[Previously,] our buses are at four and five miles per gallon and now [with the new buses] we are getting six and seven miles per gallon [based on information from other agencies],” said Bergman.
The CAT purchased the buses from New Flyer Industres, with offices in St. Cloud, MN and Winnipeg, Manitoba, with money allocated from the federal government and elsewhere. The largest sources of funding came from Arra Fund and then Local Match Dollars. $1.176 million came in Arra Funds. Two years of planning for the project was performed by CAT, the City Council, Public Works and the federal government.
Routes 5 and 7, which goes from downtown Grand Forks to the Columbia Mall uses one hybrid electric vehicle. Route 3, which leaves downtown and stops at Altru Hospital uses another hybrid vehicle. Routes 4 and 6 share the diesel vehicle.
For more information about CAT and Grand Forks/East Grand Forks bus routes go to http://www.grandforksgov.com/bus.