Chapel Hill has received the 2009 Mayors’ City Livability Awards Program for cities under 100,000 population. More than 200 cities from around the country were considered for the award, based on three criteria: mayoral leadership, creativity and innovation, and broad impact on the quality of life for residents. Sponsored by Waste Management, Inc., and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the City Livability Award Program recognizes mayors for exemplary leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in their cities.
Since Chapel Hill Transit became fare free in 2002, it has become the second largest transit system in North Carolina. Ridership has risen from 3 million riders a year to over 7 million riders annually projected for 2009.
“The Chapel Hill Public Transit system is the foundation of our sustainable future,” said Foy. “This bus system makes Chapel Hill continue to be the kind of place people love; for us it is an investment and it has paid off big time.”