Savannah getting nation's first hybrid railcar

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Child of Georgia legislation from 2004 and dubbed "A Prius on steroids," the first hybrid streetcar in North America is coming to Savannah.

The vehicle will be powered by B20 biodiesel, which will be largely created by the grease from restaurants the railcar passes as it travels up and down River Street's rail line.

The streetcar goes into action on Tuesday, December 9, during Savannah's Climate Action Parade on River Street.

The Creative Coast Alliance has lots of details about the new streetcar program while SavannahNow has details on the problems they faced getting the streetcar up and running.

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