Starting March 3, Howard County will add three new hybrid buses to it’s fleet. The new buses bring Howard Transit’s total count of hybrid vehicles to 26 and the county’s total count of hybrid vehicles to 91. The new Gillig 35-foot hybrid-electric, low-floor buses are part of Howard County’s continuing vehicle replacement program.
“Replacing older, out-of-date buses is the right thing to do for our customers and for the environment,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. “These new buses will significantly reduce fuel consumption and that can make a big difference, especially with the cost of fuel on the rise. They also produce fewer emissions, require less maintenance, are more reliable and provide a smoother and quieter ride for our customers – they are both community-friendly and environmentally-friendly.”
The program has gained support from federal and state representatives:
“In this economy, it’s vital that Marylanders have a safe, affordable way to get to work and school,” U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski said. “Buses are an important link in our transportation network. Green buses like these hybrids cut down on fuel costs and pollution. I’m proud to help keep Howard County on the move and on the job.”
The new hybrid-electric additions to Howard Transit’s award-winning transportation services are funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and a small amount of County funds. To read the full press release, please click here.