Silent Green carries people!

I rode one of Metro Transit’s big green hybrid buses today for the first time. Waiting at the stop, you can see them rolling up like a humongous caterpillar, and they’re about as loud as one, too. Which is to say, they’re amazingly quiet. You almost don’t notice them pulling up to the stop if you’re not paying attention. On the bus itself, it’s also incredibly quiet. No engine roars to speak of. On top of the air pollution decrease, the noise decrease is a pretty major accomplishment for our city streets, I think.

According to MT’s website, the first hybrid bus was put into operation in 2002. They must’ve increased the number quite a bit now, because I see them all over the place.

And tomorrow, I get to ride it for free!

6 Comments so far

  1. Hannah V. (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Hooray, I take the 11 too, so I’ll certainly be taking it into work tomorrow.

  2. Erica M (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    I wonder how many of the hybrid buses are put on routes that run up and down Nicollet Mall. Since folks complain so much about the bus noise and pollution on an otherwise pedestrian mall.

  3. Foster (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    Hopefully they will be rotated in on Hennepin Avenue soon so I can sleep past 5:00 am again. Quiet buses FTW.

  4. panoptican (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

    Overheard on the 6: Two vulgar-speaking blind girls complaining that the new hybrid bus are a terrible development.

    It was amusing watching my fellow passengers squirm at the conversation had between these two fine young girls. It was also very visible, since they could not see.

  5. Erica M (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 7:47 am

    complaining that the new hybrid bus are a terrible development

    Did they say why? I guess I could kind of see it coming from a blind person if it’s harder to hear the bus.

  6. JasonT (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:00 am

    And it turns out that it’s only one specific 11 bus that was free, and not the one that I caught at 7:30 this morning. Brrrrr.

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