Apr 22, 2024

Getting Greener: Cincinnati Metro Introduces Ten New Hybrid-Electric Buses To Its Fleet

New vehicles are part of Metro’s continued focus on sustainability. 
CINCINNATI — In celebration of Earth Day, Cincinnati Metro has placed ten new hybrid-electric buses into service. These fleet enhancements are at the forefront of Metro's sustainability efforts, which reflect a continued strategy towards greener, more efficient transit operations.

In the past decade, Metro has made significant investments in modernizing its fleet to include hybrid and mini-hybrid buses. The current fleet of 304 buses is all hybrid or mini-hybrid vehicles. In 2015, the fleet was comprised of 103 mini-hybrid buses, this represents a 295% increase in hybrid vehicles in that time frame.

Metro is also testing new technology on these hybrid-electric buses aimed at eliminating emissions in targeted zones where air quality concerns are heightened. Once within these geotargeted areas, the buses transition to full electric mode, removing fuel use and resulting in zero emissions.

"Advances in vehicle technology play a huge part in our sustainability efforts, but it goes beyond just updating the fleet," said Darryl Haley, Metro’s CEO and General Manager. "We have implemented a comprehensive range of initiatives aimed at minimizing our environmental footprint across all aspects of our operations."

From recycling water for bus washing to repurposing waste oil for heating garages, Metro maximizes resource efficiency while reducing waste and pollution. Metro also recycles and reuses motor fluids such as antifreeze, refrigerant, and power steering fluid, while actively promoting recycling of paper, plastic, and cans.

Additionally, Metro continues to recognize the importance of community engagement and collaboration in advancing its sustainability goals. Partnerships with many organizations across the Cincinnati region have been instrumental in advocating for and advancing environmentally sustainable initiatives. These collaborative efforts have helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars in grants dedicated to enhancing sustainable transportation options in the Cincinnati region. 

As Metro continues to prioritize sustainability, the introduction of these ten new hybrid-electric buses marks another significant step towards a greener future for the region’s transit system. To learn more about Metro’s sustainability efforts, visit https://www.go-metro.com/about-metro/about2/going-green.
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