CATS Receives "Alternative Fuel Vehicle Leadership" Award from US Department of Energy

September 21, 2023


BATON ROUGE, L.A. – The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) is thrilled to announce its recent recognition with the "Alternative Fuel Vehicle Leadership" award at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 2023 Clean Cities Stakeholder Summit in Washington, DC. CATS' leadership in this area was also highlighted in the Clean Cities 30th anniversary video, where the organization's contributions to the advancement of alternative fuel technologies were showcased, further solidifying their position as a frontrunner in the clean transportation industry. 

CATS' investment in electric buses and recent expansions of its green fleet underscores the organization's dedication to reducing emissions and improving air quality in the Baton Rouge area. These actions align perfectly with the goals of the Clean Cities program and the broader mission of fostering a cleaner, more sustainable environment for everyone. 

"This recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy is further testament to CATS' commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation in public transit," stated Theo Richards, Interim CEO of CATS. "We are proud to continue working to ensure a greener and healthier future for Baton Rouge and Baker." 

As a testament to CATS' commitment to sustainability, the transit agency has recently added six BYD | RIDE zero-emission buses to its existing fleet. These state-of-the-art electric buses are not only environmentally friendly but also provide a quiet, comfortable, and efficient mode of transportation for passengers in Baton Rouge. 

Looking ahead to 2024 and 2025, CATS is set to enhance its sustainable transportation efforts by incorporating nine more electric buses into its fleet. These electric buses will play a crucial role in the exciting BRapid ("Be Rapid") Plank-Nicolson Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor project. The BRapid corridor aims to provide residents and visitors with a rapid, reliable, and eco-conscious transportation option along the Plank-Nicolson corridor. 

CATS' investment in electric buses is a key milestone in its ongoing efforts to create a cleaner, more sustainable transit system. The organization extends its gratitude to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Clean Cities program for the "Alternative Fuel Vehicle Leadership" award and looks forward to continuing its journey toward a more eco-conscious Baton Rouge. 

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