Transportation | Ecotrope

Feds grant millions for hybrid, biodiesel buses

Ecotrope | Nov. 17, 2011 3:04 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:34 p.m.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation just announced 46 grants for clean transit initiatives across the country. Transportation agencies in Oregon and Washington were awarded a total of $9.2 million as part of a $112 million package aimed at greening public transportation.

Portland’s TriMet agency got $2.5 million to replace existing diesel buses with hybrid electric versions.

Washington transit agencies got a total of $6.7 million in grants including $2.5 million for electric vehicles in Douglas County, $1.1 million to buy biodiesel buses in Longview, $1.5 million for biodiesel buses in Thurston County, and $1.5 million to capture waste energy from trains in Seattle.

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