Get On the Hybrid Bus For $1.10 in Long Beach, California

Since June 20th of last year, Long Beach Transit has been moving people around in hybrid buses running on a technology similar to the Toyota Prius. They replaced the older, already low-sulfer diesel buses with quieter, more fuel efficient, and less polluting ones, dubbed E-Power. This made Long Beach the first in the world to introduce production hybrid gasoline-electric buses into public transportation. As of yesterday, Long Beach rolled out 25 new rideHybrid buses to their fleet, furthering the effort to improve mass transportation for the future.

This comes ahead of schedule for the upcoming Air Quality Management District (AQMD) regulation mandate, bringing the total amount of 40-foot hybrid buses in operation to 50 percent of all buses running in the city. The E-Power hybrid buses are lower in emissions and better on mileage than buses running on Natural Gas. In fact, Long Beach already beat out natural gas in emissions numbers simply after fitting their diesel with a particulate filter.

The rideHybrid buses, however, are completely new (not-retrofitted) and sport a modern, clean look that encourages travel, making Long Beach look like a fancy-pants metropolitan city. It’s great news when a city with such a big port is thinking about the quality of the air.

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