A different kind of bus is rolling around Region 8

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) – What has wheels and saves the city of Poplar Bluff money? The city's new hybrid bus!

The new bus, operated by the Southern Missouri Transportation Service, was paid for through a grant from the Department of Transportation.

Bill Osborne with the SEMO Transportation service says the new bus is more of a test for the city and that over the next five to ten years, he feels it could become more important for saving fuel and the environment.

The bus is expected to save the city up to 20 percent on gas, and Bus Driver Brenda Powell says she can already tell a difference since she doesn't have to stop as much to refuel.

According to our sister station KFVS, this is one of only two hybrid busses in the state of Missouri.

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