WARWICK, R.I. —
U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin is encouraging other agencies to follow the lead of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and invest in hybrid vehicles.
RIPTA recently bought 53 hybrid buses and upgraded 10 trolleys to run on a hybrid system. The congressman worked with RIPTA to help fund the effort.
Langevin said during a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday that the new Rhode Island fleet will save the transit authority about 20 percent on fuel usage.
He says that will prevent price increases and route closures, which will help disadvantaged families struggling with high gas prices.
The congressman says federal grant programs should learn from Rhode Island and require that all vehicles in the programs follow hybrid and fuel efficiency standards.