(09.19.12) Wednesday Mayor Greg Fischer and Barry Barker,
Executive Director of TARC, announced that Louisville's public
transit fleet will add five new all-electric buses thanks to a
grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The federal
grant of $4.4 Million was awarded to TARC for the replacement of
the trolleys now circulating in downtown Louisville. These
trolleys are not only the oldest transit vehicles in the city,
but they also have the highest amount of emissions of all of
Louisville's public transit fleet. Now they will be replaced by
the zero emissions vehicles.
Barry Barker stated, "This puts TARC at the leading edge of
high-technology, cleaner, greener buses. We can't wait to get
them on the road and we think passengers will love the ride."
Congressman John Yarmuth said he was proud to support the grant
application and thrilled that TARC was successful in a highly
competitive selection. Out of 146 grant applications, the FTA
only selected 27 projects to receive grants.
The new buses will serve to improve air quality and decrease
TARC operating costs. In fuel costs alone, each electric bus
will save TARC an estimated $10,000 per year. The electric buses
are also significantly less expensive to maintain than trolleys.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said all-electric buses "represent
a game change for public transportation in downtown Louisville
and the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are
embracing to improve our city."
Chris Herman, LG&E and Geoffrey Hobin celebrating the
announcement that five, fully electric, 30 passenger buses are
on order for Louisville!
The electric buses are expected to be in operation in about a
year. Under previous federal grants, TARC also will add 39 new
buses to replace old buses now operating throughout TARC's
five-county service area. The new buses will include 28 diesel
buses with the latest air quality and fuel conserving technology
and 11 hybrid-electric buses. The buses are scheduled to begin
arriving this spring.
Chris Herman of LG&E and Geoffrey Hobin
of TARC celebrate the announcement that five, fully
electric, 30 passenger buses are on order for
Barry Barker, Ex Director TARC (Transit
Authority of River City) and Louisville Mayor Greg
Fischer noting that the fully electric bus grant was
awarded by the FTA (Federal Transit Authority) in the
amount of $4.4 million dollars.
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