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CTA to debut hybrid buses

CTA is unveiling a new fleet of fuel-electric hybrid buses. (Photo Source: Coast Transit Authority) CTA is unveiling a new fleet of fuel-electric hybrid buses. (Photo Source: Coast Transit Authority)
The new energy-efficient buses at CTA are scheduled to hit the roads during the second week of November. (Photo source: Coast Transit Authority) The new energy-efficient buses at CTA are scheduled to hit the roads during the second week of November. (Photo source: Coast Transit Authority)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Gulf Coast will be a little bit greener this week after the Coast Transit Authority unveils its newest fleet of fuel-electric hybrid buses.

The buses are set to start service the second week of November.

Executive director Kenny Coggin, the vehicles run on electricity or fuel and will save money for the agency.

"The new hybrid electric fleet marks the next major phase of high quality passenger bus equipment in our long-term planning," said Coggin. "Will they save us money along the way? Yes. They are set to save around 20 percent in overall fuel cost and will require a lot less maintenance down the road."

Beginning November 9, these new energy efficient buses will replace the ones already running on Route 34, which serves Pass Road, and Route 24, serving Keesler Air Force Base.

The public will be able to get its first look at the  new buses at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the CTA's main office in Gulfport.

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