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
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.