April 30, 2007

Hamilton continues move toward cleaner transit vehicles

HAMILTON, ONT-The Hamilton Street Railway has introduced a new fleet of 12 diesel/electric hybrid buses, including seven 60-foot articulated buses--the first of their kind in Canada. These new, quieter buses will help lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and increase capacity for public transit users in Hamilton. The hybrid buses are part of an $18-million bus fleet purchase using $6 million in federal gas tax funds, $3.4 million of the provincial gas tax and Ontario Transit Vehicle Program (OTVP) funds and $8.5 million from the city of Hamilton. In other clean transportation initiatives, Hamilton put a fleet of 22 conventional lower-emission diesel buses into service throughout the city in March.

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