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VIA unveils new hybrid buses 

VIA Metropolitan Transit has unveiled the next set of buses that will run on alternative power sources.

The new buses are powered by diesel-electric hybrid technology, and they are equipped with added amenities, including reclining seat backs, overhead storage, individual lighting, and free high-speed wireless internet connections. The 30 hybrid buses are being put into service on VIA’s express routes to serve daily commuters across the city.

This set of buses follows the introduction of new vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, which were unveiled in May and put into service in the central business district. In the fall VIA will begin taking delivery of three new buses that will be powered by electricity from on-board batteries. These buses will also go into service in the downtown area, and they will be the first revenue vehicles VIA operates that have zero emissions.

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