Honolulu Improves Traffic with Hybrids

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Travel on Hawaii’s big island just got a bit cleaner for the capital city of Honolulu. The city has begun to operate 10 hybrid-electric transit buses on routes from Iwilei to Kakaako to Waikiki and back. There are plans to expand the fleet to 62 buses, and the total cost of the transit system project is $51 million. Federal funding of $21 million helped to pay for the system. E-Transit systems are operated by Oahu Transit Services, and the buses generate much of the electricity that they use. Buses in the E-Transit system are 60-feet long and each bus holds up to 75 passengers, both seated and standing. Emissions from the vehicles are reduced 90 percent from standard diesel buses, and they use 50 percent less fuel.

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