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Lane Transit District Will Get Electric Buses

Tiffany Eckert

Lane Transit District wants to devote more than half of its bus fleet to hybrid and all-electric by next year. A small group of community members and environmental activists gathered at the busy Eugene bus station Tuesday to show support of the move.

Right now we're about 50% hybrid electric that was the track we were going down

Organizers with the Sierra Club unroll a long banner across the plaza containing 1,200 citizen signed postcards calling for a zero emission bus fleet. LTD spokesman Andy Vobora says this show of support is perfectly timed as the transportation agency prepares to enter into a formal contract to purchase their first   all-electric vehicles.

Vobora: "Right now we're about 50% hybrid electric that was the track we were going down. What we were really waiting for with all electric was the cost, the availability and the range of the vehicles to really make it cost effective for us. And we're at that point now with the development so we're buying five of these next summer."

Credit Tiffany Eckert
1,200 people signed postcards supporting LTD's move to zero emission buses

Vobora says this is a first step in a long term commitment.  LTD has about 106 buses in their fleet. All-electric isn't cheap: $675,000 for a 40-foot bus. A 60-footer costs more than $900,000. However, these gentle giants run about a million miles before they retire.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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