Missouri helps two cities buy hybrid buses

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 7:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:39 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 25, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Public transportation in Missouri is getting a little cleaner.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has helped buy one hybrid bus for each of two local public transit agencies.

The buses are based in the southeastern city of Poplar Bluff and the western Missouri city of Warrensburg.

MoDOT officials say the hybrid vehicles have the potential to reduce fuel use by 40 percent and maintenance by 30 percent, while cutting emissions up to 30 percent.

The state used federal funds to cover 80 percent of the cost of the new buses.

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