Franklin, Tennessee Awarded $200K for Hybrid Bus
City of Franklin will receive a $200,000 state grant to help purchase an energy-saving hybrid passenger bus, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Tuesday.
Officials with the Franklin Transit Authority said the new hybrid bus will join the city’s fleet of trolleys in the fall of 2006 at a total cost budgeted between $300,000 to $460,000.
Of that estimate, only $25,000 will come directly from Franklin taxpayers. The remaining funding will be provided through grants from the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Transportation as well as a Federal Transit Administration.
Diane Thorne, the executive director of the Franklin Transit Authority, said she believes the state approved the grant because of the city’s commitment to environmentally safe buses. In its three years of existence, Thorne said the Franklin Transit Authority has operated its four trolleys on bio-diesel fuel.
“This system has always been a green system since day one,” Thorne said.
The new hybrid bus that will be built next year will join the city’s current four-trolley fleet. It will operate on a combination of bio-diesel fuel and hybrid electric power.
“Most of Tennessee recognizes the value of reducing petroleum consumption and since hybrid buses run on electricity or bio-diesel fuel, it will greatly lessen the City of Franklin’s dependence on fuel,” said Brian Hensley, director of the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Energy Division.
Specific specifications of the hybrid bus were not available. It will run the same routes that the other city buses travel.
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