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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012

Improved Fuel Efficiency Due to Hybrid Buses
and Improved Diesel Technology

In 2007, Metro Transit purchased 5 hybrid-electric powered
buses and became the first system in Wisconsin to add hybrid
buses to its fleet. In 2010, through funding provided by the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Metro
purchased 14 additional hybrids. Metro now has 19 hybrids,
which is 10% of its entire fleet.

Since that time, Metro has experienced a 13% miles per gallon
fuel efficiency improvement and a 28% passenger fuel
(riders/gallon) improvement.


Year Total
Miles
Total
Hours
Total
Rides
Total
Diesel
Miles/
Gallon
Gallons/
Hour
Riders/
Gallon
2007 5,400,684 407,463 12,672,265 1,295,545 4.17 3.18 9.78
2008 5,415,228 407,113 13,405,714 1,242,413 4.36 3.05 10.79
2009 5,471,517 413,772 13,588,426 1,188,012 4.61 2.87 11.44
2010 5,648,866 424,157 13,623,461 1,216,053 4.65 2.87 11.2
2011 5,635,041 424,653 14,923,970 1,195,122 4.72 2.81 12.49

 

Metro has also been adding new diesel buses to its fleet. New engine and exhaust technology in these diesel buses has also contributed to the improvement of Metro’s overall fuel economy while also helping to reduce the amount of emissions released into the air.









Metro Transit: (608) 266-4466; E-mail: mymetrobus@cityofmadison.com