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December 1, 2008

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Hybrid Paratransit Cars Save San Jose-Area Agency Money, Reduce Pollution

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has replaced 75 gasoline-powered vehicles used for paratransit – a move the agency says will cut its greenhouse-gas output by 385 tons, as well as save 121,000 gallons of fuel per year.

“With the market’s volatile gas prices, investing in hybrid technology is paying off,” said VTA General Manager Michael Burns.

In fiscal year 2008, VTA provided more than 1 million passenger trips to more than 11,000 people with disabilities, via its paratransit program. VTA uses a contractor called Outreach to operate 236 vehicles, including 82 are Toyota Prius hybrids, of which 60 were provided to Outreach by VTA.

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