The San Mateo County Transit District is adding 25 new hybrid buses manufactured by a Hayward company to its fleet by the end of the year.
The district's board of directors approved a $32.2 million contract for the purchase of 62 new buses at a meeting earlier this month. Twenty-five of the buses will be diesel-electric hybrid buses, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said Friday.
The 40-foot long hybrid buses will replace buses that date to 1998, and are expected to save around $3 million in fuel costs over the next 12 years, Dunn said.
The hybrid buses will be manufactured by Gillig of Hayward, meaning the purchase will support Bay Area jobs, Dunn said. They produce 90 percent fewer nitrogen oxide emissions than the buses they replace.
The hybrid bus purchase is being financed with a $4.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. In order to keep costs lower, SamTrans has also formed a buying consortium with other agencies for the purchase, Dunn said.
In addition to fuel efficiency, the new buses also offer improved wheelchair access and smart energy-efficient LED lighting that automatically adjusts to ambient light.