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Chapel Hill transit adding hybrid buses

Posted March 1, 2013 1:30 p.m. EST
Updated September 6, 2013 4:34 a.m. EDT

— The town of Chapel Hill, which runs the second-largest transit system in the state, is adding 15 hybrid electric buses to its fleet, officials said Friday.

The new low-emission buses will bring the number of hybrids in the fleet to 44. The town also has 70 regular buses.

The town will hold an event to commemorate the acquisitions at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dillard’s parking lot.

"We are excited to provide better service to the community while helping the environment, too,” Brian Litchfield, interim director of Chapel Hill Transit, said in a statement. “The new hybrid buses allow us to replace older buses that have exceeded their useful life span.”

The new buses were paid for through a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration and $1.5 million in state and local funding.