Broome County Transit To Receive Grant To Add Hybrid-Electric Buses To Fleet

     BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive, Jeff Kraham will hold a news conference on Friday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Broome Transit Facility, 413 Old Mill Road, Vestal, NY to announce that B.C. Transit has been awarded a state grant to help fund the purchase of 5 new hybrid-electric buses for the B.C. Transit bus fleet.

Through a program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Governor George Pataki's Office has advised Broome County that B.C. Transit will be receiving a grant totaling $1.15 million dollars to help purchase 5 alternative energy, hybrid-electric buses.

As a result of Broome County's early involvement in the New York Public Transit Association's (NYPTA) hybrid bus purchasing consortia, Broome County was able to competitively secure this award and will be participating in the upcoming bid for purchasing these buses along with other neighboring upstate communities.

The Clean Fuel Bus Program which provided the money for this project is funded through the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act and is administered by NYSERDA.

"Broome County has a consistent record of pursuing policies and practices that support cost efficient government while providing for a cleaner healthier environment," said the County Executive. "These new buses promote renewable energy technologies, reduce harmful air emissions and help reduce Broome County's dependence on increasingly expensive diesel powered vehicles," continued Mr. Kraham.

There will be a hybrid electric bus at the Broome Transit facility during the news conference for the media to inspect. For more information please contact Carl Olson at 607.763.4464 or at 607.763.4471.