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Friday, November 18, 2011 - 6:35am

Columbus Buys Hybrid Buses

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.

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