Honolulu getting $5 million grant for "Green" Waikiki buses

Honolulu is getting a $5 million federal grant to replace diesel buses in Waikiki with turbine hybrid-electric buses.

The new vehicles will be quieter, more fuel-efficient and produce lower emissions.

Mayor Peter Carlisle said Thursday that by providing quieter and cleaner buses to the busy Waikiki area, the project will help create a more livable community for both residents and visitors.

He says the new vehicles will be evaluated for their ability to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

City officials say Honolulu’s project was selected on a competitive basis through a green transit initiative called the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction, or TIGGER II, Program.