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News Release

April 18, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Two More Hybrid Buses Join LOOP Fleet

Poughkeepsie… Two new Dutchess County LOOP hybrid vehicles went into service today, announced Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.   The two new hybrid buses are smaller, medium duty vehicles to be utilized for Dial-A-Ride, ADA Complementary Paratransit and Flex curb-to-curb service.    Dutchess County is one of the first New York State municipal transit agencies to have medium duty, low-floor hybrid buses in service.

“These new hybrid buses are not only environmentally friendly in line with our “Dutchess Goes Green” initiative, but they also feature low-floors and ramps instead of lifts, providing much greater ease of entry for passengers,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “They are a great addition to our LOOP bus fleet.”

Medium duty LOOP hybrid bus imageThe diesel-electric hybrid buses are expected to deliver a decrease of both fuel usage and emissions of 20 to 35%.  These buses will each reduce greenhouse gases by over ten tons of CO2 per year.

Among the key features of these new buses are the low floors and ramps.   Passengers who are unable to step up onto the bus can walk up the ramp, allowing for easier access and faster loading time.    The ramps also require far less maintenance than traditional lifts.

The medium duty diesel hybrid buses were purchased for $171,400 each.   The purchase cost was covered 100% by federal ARRA funding.

These new medium duty hybrid buses are in addition to the Two 40’ Orion heavy duty hybrid buses that went into service in December and are utilized along fixed routes.
The Dutchess County Public Transit’s LOOP Bus System provides a safe, efficient, accessible and reliable public transportation system for people to get to work and play destinations, with more than 500,000 passenger rides annually.

According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life and helps to enhance quality of life.    Public transportation saves money, reduces gasoline consumption and reduces overall carbon footprint.

A recent Letter to the Editor published in a local newspaper praised the LOOP bus system for being “exactly on time…warm and clean and the drivers were incredibly helpful and courteous.”  The letter went on to say, “If more public transportation was as efficient as the LOOP, quite a few less cars might be on the road.”

“At a time where we are all seeing price increases at the fuel pumps, these new hybrid additions make our LOOP bus system an even more attractive transportation solution,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.

For information about Dutchess County’s Mass Transit LOOP system including LOOP bus route schedules, visit www.dutchessny.gov/LOOP.htm.

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