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SEPTA Gets $6½-Million Fed Grant For Energy-Saving Purchases

(File photo by Al Novack)

(File photo by Al Novack)

(Photo by Ed Fischer) Lynne Adkins
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA is receiving two federal grants that will help the transit agency save energy dollars while adding to the bus fleet.

The $6½-million grant  will let Septa buy 100 new hybrid buses to replace older, less energy-efficient models currently on the streets.  Hybrid buses use diesel-electric technology and reduce emissions by almost 30 percent.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says the federal grant will also pay for a money-saving energy project on the Market-Frankford line that will harness the normal action of the subway trains.

“When they brake, it creates energy that these batteries are able to capture,” he explained, “and that energy can also be sold back to the grid.  It’s a savings in terms of the energy that we have to expend to run the trains on the Market-Frankford line, and we can also resell some of the leftover energy that we don’t use.”

He says the purchasing will begin next year.

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio 1060

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