Charlotte touts features for handicapped riders on new electric and hybrid buses

The new battery-powered and the hybrid buses are debuting a new restraint system for people who use a wheelchair. It will mean passengers with wheelchairs won’t need as much help getting on and off, officials said. The system will allow someone in a wheelchair the ability to get into the device and secure themselves.

Other new features include a split-screen monitor anchored to the electronics cabinet that displays marketing and communications information such as rider alerts, detours and public service announcements. The monitor also will display live streaming of the forward facing bus camera and a ‘’route ladder’’ showing each bus stop along the route.

CATS will also try out a system called C3-SPACE. Unlike the restraint system being put in place for in electric and hybrid buses, C3-SPACE is a pod that will provide live route maps and cameras for its handicapped riders.