Athens Transit to Receive Hybrid Buses, UGA to Receive All-Electric Buses!

Athens Transit’s grant proposal for 10 hybrid-engine buses was approved as part of the Go! Transit grant. Athens for Everyone members haveĀ been lobbying for hybrid engine buses for the AthensĀ Transit system and is very pleased that this grant is being funded.

UGA Transit was also approved for their grant proposal and will be receiving funding for 19 electric buses to be used, that will be a third of its fleet. Below is the description from Gov. Deal’s press release:

“Athens-Clarke County
Hybrid-Electric Buses
Replaces one-third (10 buses) of the Athens-Clarke diesel powered bus fleet with new hybrid-electric buses. The new buses will reduce long-term maintenance costs and decrease emissions.

University of Georgia
Electric Buses
Replaces one-third of the existing diesel bus fleet (19 buses) with new fully-electric buses, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing a quieter ride for transit users. The buses will also reduce maintenance costs, improving the cost-effectiveness of the system.”

Chatham Area Transit, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, Henry County, and MARTA were also given grants.

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