acptulsa, 10/26/2011 - 3:51pm "P.S. And I'm extremely gratified to see Tulsa Transit scrupulously using their new hybrid buses on the 251 FastTrack route. Never mind that they have all those batteries on the roof, making them awfully topheavy for those curves at each end of the Broken Arrow Expressway. And never mind that their twelve foot high profiles makes them the least aerodynamic of all buses, a condition that manifests itself most in the highway speeds that the 251 almost exclusively operates at.
No, the most astoundingly wise part of all is that the hybrid, as everyone with a lick of sense knows, gains efficiency in spite of itself by reclaiming braking energy and reusing it. And since the 251 sees an application of the brakes twice or maybe three times per expressway jaunt, I expect figures will show that these units won't need new service brake shoe replacements until eight or nine years after they're retired and scrapped.
I'm so pleased to know that, no matter how many areas of life the government insists on taking over, there still isn't a single lick of sense to be found in a position of authority outside of the private sector."
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