Meredith Birkett | VT Digger

Burlington, VT – The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) strives to incorporate green practices into its daily operations as it helps residents, employees, and visitors in its service area make sustainable transportation choices.

The mission of CCTA is to operate safe, convenient, accessible, innovative and sustainable public transportation services in the Chittenden County region that reduce congestion and pollution, encourage transit oriented development and enhance the quality of life for all.

CCTA actively works to fulfill this mission through a variety of ongoing green initiatives, including:

Solar Lighted Passenger Shelters – Following passenger requests to install lights at bus shelters, CCTA began installing solar lighting at new and existing shelters. The initial capital cost of $3,000 is half the cost of connecting to the electric grid. The only operating costs are replacing batteries every few years. Solar lighting is now available at half of CCTA’s 90 bus shelters. CCTA plans to upfit another 12 shelters with solar lights in 2014.

Low VOC Waterborne Paint – VOC’s are chemical compounds commonly used in paint coatings and cleaning products. When released into the atmosphere, they help contribute to ozone depletion and smog. By using low VOC paints to paint its buses, CCTA reduced basecoat sourced VOC emissions by 80%. {….}