Mayor Carlisle unveils new diesel buses

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mayor Peter Carlisle along with City transportation officials announced the purchase of 24 new heavy-duty clean diesel buses.

The new buses will replace older models ready to be retired from the City fleet.

Mayor Carlisle says the purchase is a prudent and cost-effective upgrade to Honolulu's award-winning bus service.

The 40-foot-long buses are one of the lightest heavy-duty diesel buses manufactured. This makes them more fuel efficient and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

Each bus costs $435,696 and can hold 39 seated and 31 standing passengers. It can also carry two wheelchair or scooter passengers and three bicycles.

The buses will also include automated "next stop" announcements, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, wide front doors and large windows.

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