Capital Area Transit says it's leading the way in hybrid and alternative-fuel buses with more than 14 percent of its vehicle fleet using such green technologies, better than the rate of vehicles among the general public.
"Public transportation is leading the way with environmentally efficient vehicles," CAT General Manager Bill Jones said in a statement. "The public transit vehicle fleet is the proving ground for environmental technology that could some day become a part of the nation's automobile fleet."
More than 35 percent of all public transit buses use some form of alternative fuels or hybrid technology, according to the American Public Transportation Association. More than 18 percent of buses use natural gas, 9 percent are hybrids, and 8 percent use biodiesel.