Metro Goes Green With Stimulus Money - NBC4 Washington

Metro Goes Green With Stimulus Money

Stimulus Money Finances Metro's Eco-Friendly Vehicles



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    Metro will unveil its new fleet of diesel-electric hybrid buses and MetroAccess vehicles today -- and it's going green courtesy of Uncle Sam.

    The federal government provided Metro with more than $200 million from the economic stimulus package, and more than a quarter of that money is earmarked for the new vehicles.

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton are expected to attend today’s ribbon cutting ceremony in Hyattsville.

    "Circulating hybrid buses, modernizing Metro’s technology, and continuing to encourage the use of public transportation are changes that can be done now, to ensure a greener society later," Norton said.

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and members of congress visited Metro's bus facility in Landover yesterday, where some of the new vehicles were displayed near a paint and body shop under construction.

    The new vehicles include 48 buses and 80 MetroAccess vans.  

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