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City Of Austin Changing Vehicle Color

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

A new color will soon be hitting the streets of Austin. The Public Works Department is changing their vehicles from white to orange.

By the end of 2014 there will be 26 vehicles at a total cost of $3.5 million.

But Public Works Department Director Howard Lazarus tells KEYE TV the color change will be a minimal extra cost. Right now the department is budgeted to spend $22,200.

"There is no additional cost for the basic cab and truck body. The back that you have in this dump truck runs about $400 to come from the factory painted this way," said Lazarus.

Lazarus says he got the idea from the east coast to keep workers on the road safe.

"There are studies that prove that after a lime green, Omaha orange is the most visible color you can put out on a vehicle," said Lazarus.

It's also providing another benefit.

"I've got some calls both good and correctional about the driving habits some of our operators have. So it also helps the citizens provide us feedback," said Lazarus.

He says it will take six to eight years to turn over the whole fleet.

By Christie PostCity Of Austin Changing Vehicle Color


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