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Univ. of Md. student groups push for hybrid buses

Posted on December 8, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland’s student government groups are starting to discuss the costs behind purchasing hybrid buses, The Diamondback reported.

The Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) currently has four hybrid buses and buys about eight new standard buses each year, DOTS Director David Allen told the paper.

The hybrid buses cost about $800,000 apiece, almost twice the cost of a standard bus, Allen said. If DOTS purchased all new hybrid buses, the price could force an increase in mandatory student fees by about $10 per person, he said to The Diamondback.

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