Eco-friendly buses coming to Birmingham

Eco-friendly buses coming to Birmingham

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The new eco-friendly buses will hit the streets on Monday, Aug. 12. Source: WBRC video The new eco-friendly buses will hit the streets on Monday, Aug. 12. Source: WBRC video
The new buses have wheel chair ramps, security cameras and new technology. Source: Clare Huddleston/WBRC The new buses have wheel chair ramps, security cameras and new technology. Source: Clare Huddleston/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

New eco-friendly buses are headed to the Magic City and will hit the streets next Monday.

The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority is getting 13 of the new eco-friendly buses.

The buses use compressed natural gas, which is more fuel efficient. It will save the BJCTA 10 percent in fuel because natural gas is $3 cheaper per gallon than diesel fuel.

The new buses also have security cameras, wheel chair ramps, and new technology that will improve the buses' performance.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell says this is a collaborative effort between several cities and he believes the new buses will be a good addition to the city.

The federal government will also give the BJCTA refunds for using natural gas. Right now they get 50 cents back on each gallon purchased.

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