CATS hires consultant to look at alternative fuel options for bus fleet

The Capital Area Transit System is looking at the cost-effectiveness of adding alternative fuel buses to its fleet. At the regular meeting of the CATS board Tuesday, the board unanimously approved authorizing CEO Bob Mirabito to hire the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute to provide a report evaluating alternative fuel options and recommending the best solution for CATS. Mirabito says the contract is for $91,000.

"We are still negotiating details and are trying to move up the date, but we would like to see an October timeframe for the report. We are going with an institution of higher learning because it has no predetermined notion—it is technology agnostic and unbiased," says Mirabito.

Mirabito says he and the board have previously discussed the possibility of adding alternative fuel buses, but that it hadn't moved past the conversation stage until now.»