Germany funds greener local public transport
The German environment ministry is funding a project for municipalities to demonstrate they can run buses meeting the highest environmental standards. Berlin, Hanover and Frankfurt/Oder have already successfully bid for a share of the euros 2.5m available until 2004. Fine particles and nitrogen oxide emissions as well as noise are the main environmental targets of the pilot project, which the ministry says is designed to show that public transport can be both cost and environmentally conscious under changed competitive conditions. See press release.