New York City Transit (NYCT) has announced its decision to run entirely on hybrid diesel-electric buses, abandoning an emissions reducing strategy to buy both hybrids and CNG buses.
NYCT, which first began running hybrids in 1998, now has 325 diesel-electric buses in its fleet of more than 4,500. The agency currently plans to purchase 500 more.
NYCT officials said that CNG buses require expensive maintenance and offer no emissions advantages over hybrids.
The agency intends to reallocate funds budgeted for the purchase of 120 CNG buses and 55 diesel buses to instead buy 100 hybrids, with an option for 400 more in the future.