VTA Launches New Hybrid Buses
|Release Number: || NR 10 10 09|
|Release Date: || Oct 29, 2010|
San Jose, CA – Today, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) launched the first 9 of its 90 new, low-emission, diesel electric hybrid bus fleet. Passengers can experience the smoother, quiter ride on VTA Line 66 that services San Jose Kaiser, through downtown San Jose, and Milpitas.
VTA obtained a $53.4 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant and $5.3 million in California Proposition 1B funding to acquire the hybrid buses. Manufactured by Gillig in Hayward, these American-made buses are helping stimulate the local economy by creating and keeping over 300 jobs here in the local Bay Area region.
Innovative technology like the hybrid buses provide a boost to our local economy, improve mobility options for residents, and contribute to the larger effort in the Silicon Valley to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area.
The new hybrid buses will allow VTA to replace older buses that have exceeded their useful life span, reducing particulate matter by 90% when compared to the 1998 generation of diesel buses while also reducing the operating and maintenance costs of VTA's fleet.
For more information about the new diesel electric hybrid buses, please visit www.vta.org or contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300, TTY (408) 321-2330.
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Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region. VTA is responsible for bus, light rail and paratransit operations and also serves as the county’s congestion management agency. As such, VTA is responsible for countywide transportation planning, including congestion management issues, specific highway improvement projects, pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects, and provides these services throughout the county, including the municipalities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale. VTA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Santa Clara County.