First Transit Customers Receive Recognition for “Green” Transit Initiatives at 2013 NEPTA Conference

FOR RELEASE March 28, 2013
Contact: Timothy Stokes


First Transit Customers Receive Recognition for “Green” Transit Initiatives at 2013 NEPTA Conference

FTA honored transit authorities in “Innovative Green Transit Initiative Awards” presentation.

CINCINNATI — At this year’s NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA) conference, eight First Transit customers were recognized by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for their work in creating and implementing “green” initiatives. These acts were done in an effort by each location to be more environmentally friendly and reduce their environmental footprint throughout their region.

Award Winners

  • Greater Hartford Transit District – Operational Initiative Award
  • Pioneer Valley RTA – Bus Maintenance Initiative Award
  • Franklin RTA – Net Zero Energy Award

Honorable Mentions

  • Berkshire RTA – Exclusive use of “green” cleaning solutions
  • CTTransit – Demonstrating zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses
  • Lowell RTA – Installation of solar panels at their bus garage and maintenance facility
  • Merrimack Valley RTA – Installation of waste oil-fueled heating
  • Worcester RTA – Transit signal priority pilot program

NEPTA serves the passenger transportation community in New England and all other North Eastern States. The organization is a non-profit association of passenger transportation professionals in the public and private sectors. NEPTA works to promote professionalism within the industry through conferences and workshops, disseminate information on issues of interest within the urban and rural passenger transportation communities, promote interchange, networking, cooperation and fellowship among its members and other related organizations, and represent the concerns of its members on issues of federal and regional interest.

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