Broome County Transit Orders Six Hybrid Electric Buses

— Drive Trains Provided by BAE Systems in Johnson City —

Today, on the eve of Earth Day, Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala was joined by Congressman Hinchey and Jim Garceau BAE Systems Site Executive to announce the addition of six hybrid electric buses to the Broome County (B.C.) Transit fleet in late 2008; marking the introduction of this clean and efficient technology to the areas mass transit system. BAE Systems will provide the hybrid propulsion systems from its plant in Johnson City, where the technology — now used by transit agencies from coast to coast — was developed.

"The introduction of hybrid buses to the B.C. Transit fleet is a significant step in our efforts to become a more 'green' community and reduce energy costs," County Executive Barbara Fiala said in announcing the county's decision to buy six Orion VII-model hybrid buses from Daimler Commercial Buses North America. "I want to thank NYSERDA and Congressman Hinchey for supporting the new additions to our fleet. It's doubly gratifying that the drive systems for the hybrid busses will be built here by BAE Systems, one of our premier local companies."