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Default City busses are becoming hybrid

City of Houston is getting 10 new hybrid busses (made by GM)
Other cities already have them.

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we have at least one (it's the green/black ones right?)

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Portland, Oregon's transit agency, TriMet has had hybrid busses for some time as part of their Sustainable Transit initiative. (Along with other technologies like non-hybrid busses that use electricity to run all the accessories and using Biodiesel.)

TriMet put hybrids into their fleet in 2002, although I can't find firm numbers on how many, other than the initial 'test' order of two. Apparently Seattle was late to the game, but has (at least on order, I don't see any confirmation that all are in service yet,) hundreds of hybrid busses. Although in Seattle's case, they are replacing older either/or electric busses. (Busses that ran on electricity from wires overhead, or started up their gas engine for parts of their routes with no wires.)

heh. I like the standard governmental propaganda, though. The Seattle article says:
"This hybrid bus is a first of its kind, and it's not surprising that it is showing up here first," said King County Executive Ron Sims. "We led the region on converting to ultra low-sulfur fuel, and now we are on the cutting edge for hybrid technology."
Funny, since Portland already had hybrid busses on the road when this was published. Oh well, every city has to claim to be the first or best at something...

(On a side note, my own neighborhood seems to be Prius central in already Prius-friendly Portland. I know of at least 10 Prii (plus a couple other models of hybrid,) in my 1000 house neighborhood. And I regularly see multiple Priuses driving around on even short (<3 mile) drives to the nearby 'town centers'.)

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