Hampton Roads Transit to swap trolleys for hybrid buses

Hampton Roads Transit provides mass transit services in the region of Virginia that includes Norfolk, Virginia Beach and several other communities. The company has decided to replace an existing fleet of trolleys in Virginia Beach and battery-powered shuttle buses that run in a loop around downtown Norfolk with hybrid buses.
The shuttle buses have a limited range and can only run for four hours at a time before returning to the garage for charging. They have also had problems with shorting out in the rain. The trolleys are getting old and are in need of major overhaul. HRT is buying 40 of the new 29ft diesel hybrid buses at $505,000 each. The first ten should enter service next spring.

[Source: PilotOnline.com]

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