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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

More hybrids for the King County bus fleet

June 06, 2007

The Metro Transit Services of King County (Washington, U.S.A.) has ordered 500 diesel-electric hybrid buses over the next few years.

The hybrids will add to the 237 hybrids currently on the streets of King County.  The buses cost $US 719,000 each.  22 will arrive in 2008, with 100 buses coming in 2009 when the Metro Government will launch a new bus rapid-transit service.

The buses will be purchased mainly with federal grants, combined with a local sales tax increase approved by voters last fall.  The ballot measure, known as ‘Transit Now’, will fund more frequent bus service throughout the county.

Tests by the U.S. Department of Energy showed that a King County hybrid used 30 percent less fuel than a diesel bus, in laboratory simulations.  

Private and commercial vehicles are a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  Reducing vehicle use and using alternative forms of transportation and alternative fuels are some approaches to reducing these vehicular emissions.  For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

King County is one of 139 local governments in U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  “Metro will order up to 500 hybrids for bus fleet’, Seattle Times, 17 May 2007.