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October 21, 2004





Mayor Jeremy Harris today unveiled the new articulated hybrid electric Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicle.  It is the first of 10 articulated hybrid transit vehicles purchased by the City and County of Honolulu that will go into operation in early November as part of the City's sustainable transportation plan.  The silver hybrids are called TheTransit.


 The blessing ceremony was held at one of the new transit stops at the intersection of Ilalo and Coral streets in Kakaako, near the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, which is under construction.


            The Mayor pointed out that the new vehicles are ultra-quiet, feature cutting-edge electric transportation technology and low floors for quick boarding. They also offer 90 percent cleaner emissions than conventional diesel buses and can accelerate 50 percent faster.


Each articulated vehicle holds up to 75 passengers, seated and standing.  The hybrid electric vehicles will go into service in mid-November on the new BRT express route, which will run from Iwilei to Waikiki, servicing the Aloha Tower Marketplace, the UH School of Medicine and Victoria Ward Centre.


            “We purchased these vehicles as another way to ensure a quality environment on our island,” said the Mayor, a strong advocate of sustainability.  “This is an excellent example of how government, working with the private sector, can take the lead to promote a more environmentally sustainable transportation system.”


In attendance at the unveiling were representatives of the City Administration and City Council, the Oahu Transit Services (OTS), NewFlyer (the bus manufacturer), and General Motors Corporation (GM), which provided the hybrid electric technology used in the new buses.







Thursday, October 21, 2004

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