Columbus will get four new hybrid buses for METRA, the west Georgia city's public transportation system.
The new 32-seat Daimler Chrysler buses will allow the system to replace four aging buses in 2013.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the buses are being purchased with a federal grant and local matching funds.
Authorities say the Orion VII buses, which cost about $505,000 each, are 35 percent more fuel efficient than buses now operated by METRA.
City leaders announced the plans Thursday at a news conference that included city and federal officials.