As our nation continues to become more and more focused on a greener future, the hybrid bus industry is taking advantage of the spotlight. Not only are these busses stepping onto the scene, but they are rapidly gaining popularity. According to Hybrid Buses (1), “Current buses average only 2-3 miles per gallon, while a hybrid-electric bus can achieve around 7 mpg.” Not only does this save fuel costs, but as the article continues to explain, “Hybrid buses cut exhaust emissions by 50-90% over their non-hybrid counterparts.”
Locally, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has recognized the benefits that these vehicles offer and have been using hybrid buses for two years now. According to an announcement made by Greater City Providence (2) back in 2010, fifty-three brand new 2010 Gillig BRT hybrid buses joined the RIPTA fleet in efforts to reduce emissions, save fuel and provide a smoother and quieter ride for Rhode Islanders.
It is exciting to see major changes such as these being made in the transportation industry. Our nation is beginning to look towards the future through a greener lens. Public Transportation companies have the potential to turn on pollution and global warming with great force. By adopting clean strategies like hybrid buses and other alternative forms of energy, a cleaner future continues to look more and more promising.
(1) “Hybrid Buses | HybridElectric Bus | HybridBuses.net.” Hybrid Buses | HybridElectric Bus | HybridBuses.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Aug. 2013.
(2) “RIPTA to unveil new hybrid buses and trolley buses on October 4th | Greater City Providence.” Greater City Providence | Web. 28 Aug. 2013.