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June 12, 2014

Editorial: Hybrids a costly lesson for BATA

There’s a price for progress, and sometimes it’s a lot more than doing nothing.

The Bay Area Transportation Authority is getting rid of its two hybrid buses because they pretty much never worked.

It was an expensive experiment. The two buses cost $427,000, with funding from a variety of sources, including government grants. BATA said the buses constantly broke down and one cost a fortune in towing bills.

BATA executive director Tom Menzel said the transit authority is done with hybrids for now. It has canceled a contract for six more.

The only way we’re going to find needed alternatives to dirty diesel- and gasoline-powered mass transit is to try.

But whoever green-lighted these hybrids at the federal level should be looking for a new job. Maybe as a hybrid mechanic.

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