Hybrid Buses Hit the South Bay

Public transportation is going green

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    The VTA is rolling out 90 new hybrid buses for the South Bay this month.

    The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is launching a new fleet of diesel-electric hybrid buses this month -- 90 of them.

    These 40-foot-long green machines promise a 90 percent reduction in emissions and riders can expect to see them popping up soon in San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Milpitas.

    "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 VTA said in a press release.

    All this eco-friendlyness didn't come cheap.

    The VTA is paying for the hybrids with a $53.4 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It also got $5.3 million in Proposition 1B funding.

    Hayward-based Gillig Corporation is building the buses and all 90 should be in operation by January 2011.

    To test ride one of these bad boys, hop on San Jose's Line 66, which already has a few hybrids running.