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CTA set to deploy fleet of hybrid buses

COAST TRANSIT AUTHORITYA ribbon-cutting ceremony for a fleet of new fuel-electric hybrid buses will be Thursday, and the buses will go into service the following week.
COAST TRANSIT AUTHORITYA ribbon-cutting ceremony for a fleet of new fuel-electric hybrid buses will be Thursday, and the buses will go into service the following week.

Coast Transit Authority's fleet of new fuel-electric hybrid buses will roll next week, providing new, low-floor buses for passengers and savings for CTA.

The public will get a first look during a ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m. Thursday. The ceremony will be in front of the main CTA office at 333 DeBuys Road, north of Pass Road in Gulfport.

Lloyd Hebert, chairman of the CTA Board of Commissioners, will speak during the ribbon-cutting, as will Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.

The new buses go in service Nov. 9, replacing buses on Route 34, which serves Pass Road and connects the transit centers in Biloxi and Gulfport, and Route 24, which serves Keesler Air Force Base.

The buses run on electric or fuel. They should save about 20 percent in fuel costs and require less maintenance, said Kevin Coggin, CTA executive director.

"The new Hybrid Electric fleet marks the next major phase of high-quality passenger-bus equipment in our long-term planning," he said.

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