Hybrid buses on Nicollet Mall
Metro Transit introduced 17 new hybrid buses Thursday on Nicollet Mall. Along with these, 150 more have been ordered and will be delivered over the next five years.
Each hybrid costs $557,000 and average 4.71 miles to the gallon. This is nearly a mile per gallon more than the standard Metro Transit buses.
Because of this improvement in fuel economy, Metro Transit is expecting to save 1,965 gallons of fuel per bus every year. This will be combined with less pollutants dispersed into the air and up to 90 percent fewer soot emissions.
The buses are a quieter ride inside and out and will be handicapped accessible.