Hybrids in Ann Arbor

Some great news from my home town:

New hybrid buses could save a little more than $9,000 each in fuel costs during their first year of use, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority officials say.

AATA has ordered 20 new buses, and at least 13 of them will be hybrids, AATA Executive Director Greg Cook said. He is seeking extra money to make all 20 of the new buses hybrids.

The buses do cost 200k each more than normal buses but the city got the extra money from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

These changes are expensive, but the money is out there. Hopefully some places in NC will follow suit.

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