LAKE PLACID - The village recently unveiled a new hybrid-electric shuttle bus to make public transportation quieter and cleaner.
Financing for the bus was made possible through the New York Power Authority's Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, which provides financial assistance to New York municipal utilities to facilitate the replacement of less fuel-efficient vehicles in order to advance Gov. Andrew Cuomo's clean energy goals.
The 14-passenger bus will operate in rotation with Lake Placid's free trolley service in a 10-mile continuous loop in and around Lake Placid, making stops at hotels, supermarkets, health service facilities and other points of interest.
"The electric and hybrid-electric vehicles made available through the New York Power Authority's great program are a perfect fit for Lake Placid, and over the years we have taken advantage of the program to the point where our electric department fleet is almost entirely alternatively fueled," Mayor Craig Randall said in a press release. "Lake Placid prides itself on its natural beauty and access to great outdoor sports, so transportation options with low environmental impact that reduce our carbon footprint are right up our alley."
The bus was supplied by the NY Bus company in Chenango and purchased for $106,000, of which nearly half was paid for by NYPA and the remainder financed by NYPA with a three-year, interest-free loan.
Through the NYPA program, the village of Lake Placid previously purchased a hybrid-electric bucket truck, three hybrid-electric pickup trucks, two hybrid-electric sport-utility vehicles and two all-electric off-road utility vehicles.
NYPA claims its Clean Transportation Program has placed more than 1,200 hybrid and all-electric vehicles in the fleets of towns, villages and cities across New York state. These vehicles have traveled more than 11 million miles, cumulatively, the authority says.