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The year long evaluation of 10 prototype diesel hybrid-electric buses in the Metropolitan Transportation Authoritys New York City Transit (NYCT) fleet of 4,489 buses showed that these hybrid buses have a 10 percent higher in-service fuel economy. According to chassis dynamometer emissions testing, the hybrid buses had 36 percent lower oxides of nitrogen and 50 percent lower particulate matter emissions than diesel buses on a central business district cycle.
"Taking the state of the technology into consideration, we think hybrid-electric buses are going to make a very positive impact on our fleet," said Bill Parsley, NYCTs director of research and development. NYCT has awarded contracts for an additional 125 hybrid buses in 2002 and 200 hybrid buses in 2003.
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