Honolulu gets $5 million for new buses

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City and County of Honolulu is receiving $5,061,000 to buy eight new electric buses.

Hawaii's congressional delegation made the announcement on Monday. The eight, 45-foot long turbine electric buses, will increase the size of the city's bus fleet to 539.

60 of which are hybrid-electric.

"I am very pleased that Honolulu will be able to expand their bus fleet in an environmentally friendly manner. Offering a safe and reliable means of public transportation to our residents and visitors is one of the core responsibilities of any government," said Senator Inouye.

"With Hawaii's traffic and gas prices frequently among the worst in the country, I am pleased that the Department of Transportation and the City and County of Honolulu are expanding the bus fleet with energy-efficiency and emissions in mind," said Senator Akaka.

The money was made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation's, Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program.

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