The hum of an electric motor will be easing up to the bus stops in some Illinois cities. The state is the recipient of a $5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The money will be used to buy 10 hybrid buses to be divided among five local mass transit districts in Illinois: Galesburg, Rock Island County, Greater Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, and (Kankakee) River Valley.
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Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Guy Tridgell says the state got the money through a competitive grant process. He says despite the difference in size, the bus is similar to a Toyota Prius. “Not only will they be a better technology - a more fuel-efficient, green technology – but they’re newer buses. They’re replacing older, gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles, so the ride will be much quieter, much smoother for customers.” The part-liquid fuel, part-electric buses will be on the streets in 2013.