The Chapel Hill Town Council recently approved two resolutions to replace up to 53 buses with newer, energy efficient diesel buses. The resolution aims to replace the town's older buses, 42 of which are over 14 years old.
Brian Litchfield, director of Chapel Hill Transit, said the transit department will replace the old buses with diesel ones in the near future.
He said new technologies have allowed diesel buses to be much more efficient.
When compared to diesel buses from 2000, these new buses will produce 94 percent less nitrogen oxide per mile, 98 percent less particulate matter and 89 percent less hydrocarbon, council member Ed Harrison said.
“Due to the significant number of buses needing to be replaced, cost of alternatively fueled vehicles and associated infrastructure and scarce financial resources, the funding partners agreed to invest in clean-diesel buses,” Litchfield said.