MA: LRTA Going Green

LOWELL -- U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas is joining officials from the Lowell Regional Transit Authority Monday morning to unveil the agency's new hybrid, electric bus.

Tsongas helped secure the federal funds for the vehicle, which is the fifth hybrid in the LRTA's 50-bus fleet.

The bus is expected to get double the fuel economy of a traditional diesel bus. It will seat 32 passengers and accommodate two wheelchairs.

Purchase of the bus is just latest move the LRTA has made to lower its energy usage.

Last year, the LRTA finished the installation of 1,900 solar panels on the roof of its operation and maintenance facility. The panels are expected to help the LRTA reduce its carbon footprint by 313 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

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