Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hybrid Buses Become More Popular

The East Bay's BRT line will probably use clean diesel buses initially, but bus lines are rapidly shifting hybrid buses, according to this story from today's New York Times.

As Hybrid Buses Get Cheaper, Cities Fill Their Fleets

By Micheline Maynard

If you wonder whether hybrid-electric vehicles will ever catch on, simply ask one of the millions of people who ride in them every day.

Hybrid-electric buses, that is.

Transit systems from New York to Taipei, and from Ames, Iowa, to Ann Arbor, Mich., are adding hybrid buses at a rapid clip. New York, by far, has the nation's biggest fleet of hybrid buses, which run on electricity and diesel fuel, with nearly 1,000 in all five boroughs, most in Manhattan.

Although the initial cost is well above that of a conventional diesel-powered bus, hybrid buses emit less pollution and get far better fuel economy. They are quieter than old-style buses, and their ride is generally more comfortable (not accounting for the condition of city streets). Like the hybrid taxis that have become a common sight in New York, hybrid buses arrived during the last decade.

The buses' performance has been impressive .... Each is expected to save the city 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel, compared with what would be consumed by a conventional bus, or a 45 percent improvement in fuel economy.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Update on Berkeley & San Leandro Meetings

Berkeley's October 17 Meeting/Workshop Postponed

Or has it been canceled? The answer isn't altogether clear. It definitely ain't happening. Stay tuned for updates.

San Leandro Meetings Still On

Here is the schedule for the San Leandro meetings:

Thursday, October 22
6:30 – 8:30 pm, presentation at 7
San Leandro Public Library
300 Estudillo Avenue
San Leandro, 94577

Tuesday, October 27
6:30 – 8:30 pm, presentation at 7
Bayfair Mall
Second floor, near center escalators
15555 E. 14th Street
San Leandro, 94578

Saturday, November 7
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, presentation at 10:30
City Hall South Office
835 E. 14th Street
San Leandro, 94577