Greensboro Transit Authority to ask city for money for hybrid buses

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For thousands of Greensboro residents, the bus is the best way to get around town. But Kimberly Driscoll says sometimes the ride can be difficult.

"A lot of times it's very crowded. They need more buses and probably cleaner."

The Greensboro Transit Authority has heard the complaints and they are making changes. The transit authority will ask the Greensboro City Council for over $3 million so they can buy five diesel electric hybrid buses. Hybrid buses are quieter and produce lower emissions than the older diesel only buses. Greensboro Transit Authority Marketing Manager Kevin Elwood points out another attractive feature of the hybrid buses.

"These buses are larger. They are 40 feet long versus the 35 feet. This will help with congestion that we have along our 16 routes."

Greensboro Transit Authority currently has four hybrid buses. Joseph Sides says he can easily tell when he is riding a hybrid bus.

"The new buses are roomier, cooler and you are not bumping into a whole lot of people."

Instead of buying five hybrid buses, Joseph feels Greensboro should look at buying more.

"They need to order a hundred more. That would be a lot better. They need the whole lot filled with those buses."

Greensboro City Council will review the transit authority's request Tuesday night. If approved, Greensboro Transit Authority will begin using the new hybrid buses in August.