The CAT receives a grant to continue its service free of charge

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (WVIR) – Grant allows Charlottesville area public transportation to remain free of charge for the next four years.

CAT announced on Tuesday, December 14 that a grant of $ 1,066,620 from the Commonwealth Transportation Board would help it maintain the zero-fare, fixed-route model until June 30, 2026.

“This funding will remove a financial barrier for low-income people who depend on public transit. I would like to thank the Commonwealth Transportation Board and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation for supporting a zero-fare fixed route model for our transit system in the city of Charlottesville and parts of urban Albemarle County. Said transit manager Garland Williams. in Tuesday’s announcement.

“Many thanks to Mr. Williams and his team for securing the TRIP grant to support a no-cost model for the CAT. Free access encourages citizens to use our services to meet their daily needs. Many of our citizens depend on public transportation on a daily basis, and this grant will allow those who need extra support to have one less worry, ”said Mayor Nikuyah Walker.

Charlottesville Area Transit has been offering toll-free service since March 2020.

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