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JTA's new hybrid electric buses to save 25 percent on fuel

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Updated: 6/28/2013 5:41 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- JTA is going green and rolling out a new fleet of eco-friendly transportation.

As part of Dump the Pump Day, JTA let Action News inside their hybrid electric bus, equipped with all the bells and whistles, but minus the harmful emissions.

Seven sleek and smooth running hybrid electric buses will soon hit the streets, and with a price tag of $666,000 apiece, we can call them the Mercedes of buses.

"It's the first step in lessening our dependency in foreign oil," said Vice President of Operations for JTA Lida Darnall.

Its quiet engine and low floor design is expected to wow the passengers, but we're told the buses biggest draw for the city is the savings. JTA spends over $9 million on fuel, but said these green machines will save about 25 percent.

"(They run) 75 to 80 percent cleaner than a regular diesel (engine) and that's in terms of the particulate matter, the carbon monoxide," said Darnall.

This is just the start. We're told they will gradually start getting rid of the 155 other gas-guzzlers on the streets.

"Hopefully we will be able to replace an average of at least a dozen every year," said Darnall.

The new buses will operate on all city routes, and are expected to reduce emissions by 90 percent.
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