TAVARES — As part of a demonstration opportunity through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Lake County Department of Community Services, Public Transportation Division, is pleased to announce the arrival last week of the “Hybrid Ride,” a 31-foot bus operating on the LakeXpress’ Route 4 until Sept. 4.
Hybrid Ride has the potential to reduce up to 90 percent of the particulate matter emissions of a regular diesel bus. Depending on operating conditions, the innovative bus with hybrid technology can improve fuel economy between 25 and 40 percent. In addition, Hybrid Ride has registered nitrogen oxide reductions near 60 percent, a top ozone-depleting emission.
“Lake County is positioning itself as a regional leader in championing sustainable initiatives,” said Ken Harley, Director of the Public Transportation Division. “Incorporating hybrid systems into the County’s bus fleet could be a long-term commitment to sustainable public transportation and a powerful combination toward the goals of reducing fleet emissions and combating the escalating cost of diesel fuel."
From its debut at the Commission of Transportation Disadvantaged Annual Meeting on Aug. 25 in Orlando, the Hybrid Ride is spending several weeks at different transit organizations around the state. After this trial run, it will be housed at Star Metro in Tallahassee, which will operate and maintain it for FDOT. The project data will assist local governments in the decision-making process as they evaluate new technologies in public transportation.
Route 4 of LakeXpress runs from the Altoona Post Office on State Road 19 to the community of Zellwood on U.S. Highway 441 where passengers can transfer to LYNX route 44. LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Fares for LakeXpress are $1 for all trips. Half-fares are available for riders 60 years or older, students and individuals with disabilities (buses are equipped with lifts). Free fares are available for children under five years of age who are accompanied by a fare-paying chaperone.
For more information about LakeXpress or to view a bus schedule, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to www.RideLakeXpress.com.