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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2007

Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $1.5 Million To Broome County For Hybrid-Electric Buses

Federal Money Will Be Used to Purchase Four Hybrid-Electric Buses, Which Will Replace an Aging Conventional Fleet


U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $1,554,845 in Federal Transit Administration funds to Broome County for the purchase of four hybrid-electric transit buses.


“This is great news Broome County,” said Schumer. "The purchase of these buses will both improve fuel economy and vastly reduce harmful emissions. Federal funding to upgrade Broome County’s transit fleet is vital to the maintenance of our public transportation system and the health of our environment. I will continue to fight hard for these much-needed dollars to ensure our vital transportation system is clean, safe and well-maintained.”


“This is great news for Broome County.  This grant will allow a necessary and responsible transition to environmentally friendly public transportation, and I applaud this wise investment of federal dollars,” said Senator Clinton.  “Upgrading to hybrid-electric buses will save on fuel and maintenance costs, and cut harmful emissions.  I will continue to work to help secure federal funding for projects like this, which are good for our environment and our economy.”


Federal funds will be used to purchase four new hybrid-electric transit buses. These buses will replace three 1990 compressed natural gas and three 1987 diesel buses in the Broome County fleet.  They will be purchased from Daimler Chrysler Commercial Buses North America (Orion), using an option to purchase granted to Broome County by The San Francisco Municipal Railway.  It is anticipated that Broome County will receive the buses late in 2008 or early in 2009.  They will be low floor hybrid-electric diesel buses, with modest improvement in gas mileage and dramatically reduced emissions, which will upgrade an old and increasingly unreliable fleet.


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