By: Kylen Mills
Galesburg's public transit is going green. A move city leaders say will save money and the environment.
The city could soon add hybrid electric–powered buses to their fleet.
Council approved a $1.2 million state and federal grant to purchase the buses, but tonight they have to give the mayor the final go ahead.
These green machines would replace 2 buses city officials say are no longer dependable. And they also come with some major advantages.
The hybrids are much safer for the environment and will help reduce Galesburg's carbon footprint.
Also officials say the new buses would save 25 to 50 gallons a week in diesel fuel, which averages to $200 a week. A big benefit for Galesburg residents.
"It would be a significant savings in regards to the fuel that actually goes into the buses and any operating expenses of course are paid by the taxes that we generate, and the grants we receive from the state," said Director of Community Development Roy Parkin.
Galesburg City Council meets tonight at 630 at city hall.
If all goes according to plan, the new buses should be navigating the streets in about 9 months.