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>>ERIC CURRY: WE HAVE ANOTHER
QUESTION FROM A VIEWER, VIA E-MAIL FROM RALEIGH. THE R LINE BUSES
DOWNTOWN ARE HYBRID AND FREE. SHOULDN’T ALL BUSES IN NORTH CAROLINA BE HYBRIDS
AND HAS THERE BEEN ANY TALK OF LOWERING OR ELIMINATING BUS FARES TO ENCOURAGE
MORE PEOPLE TO USE THEM?>>RODNEY LOCKS: IN RALEIGH,
THAT’S THE EMPHASIS. BUT AS FAR AS THE TRANSPORTATION
INITIATIVE IS CONCERNED, WE’RE LOOKING AT ALL FORMS.
IF WE FOLLOW THE HYBRID PHILOSOPHY, WE EVENTUALLY MAY
END UP WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES. BUT IF WE LOOK AT A NATURAL GAS,
WHICH IS NOT USED IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR BUSES, BUT IN LOTS
OF OTHER STATES, THAT MAY BE THE ALTERNATIVE THAT MAY END UP
BEING THE FAVORITE BECAUSE NATURAL GAS DOES NOT USE COAL,
AND IF WE ARE LEADING INTO A LOW CARBON, THAT MAY BE SOMETHING
THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO EXPLORE. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE HYDROGEN.
YOU HAVE PROPANE. YOU HAVE LOTS OF OTHER
ALTERNATIVES THAT YOU CAN USE. BUT IN RALEIGH, THAT IS THE
INITIATIVE AND THE DIRECTION THAT RALEIGH PARTICULARLY IS
ADDRESSING.>>ERIC CURRY:OKAY.>>JOHN MORRISON: MAY I ADD TO
THAT, TO THE VIEWER’S QUESTION, I THINK IT’S AN ABSOLUTELY
APPROPRIATE AND GOOD QUESTION TO BE ASKING,
BECAUSE A LOT OF THE CARBON EMISSIONS THAT COME FROM OUR
DAILY LIVES COME FROM OUR TRANSPORTATION, FROM THE
VEHICLES WE DRIVE, FROM THE TRUCKS THAT MOVE OUR GOODS AND
SERVICES AROUND AND SO THOSE OCCASIONS WHERE WE CAN REDUCE
THE MILES WE TRAVEL OR DO IT IN A MUCH MORE EFFICIENT MANNER,
PUBLIC TRANSIT PER PASSENGER MILE TENDS TO BE MUCH MORE
EFFICIENT THAN YOU OR ME DRIVING AS A SINGLE PASSENGER, AS MOST
OF US DO IN OUR PRIVATE CARS. HYBRID VEHICLES ARE A TECHNOLOGY
THAT LETS YOU GET MUCH MORE USE, MUCH MORE EFFICIENCY OUT OF THE
FUEL YOU’RE USING. FOR BOTH OF THOSE REASONS, THE ISSUE OF
PUBLIC TRANSIT IS ONE WHERE IF PEOPLE CAN DO IT AND IT
IS AVAILABLE TO THEM, I CERTAINLY WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM,
AND CERTAINLY TO THINK OF THE EFFICIENCY OF THE
VEHICLES WE USE. HYBRIDS TO DATE PROBABLY BEING
THE MOST EFFICIENT VEHICLES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.

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