Fleet of Ten Trolley-Replacing All-Battery Buses Dubbed ZeroBus
TARC, the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Ky. this week launched its fleet of ten 100% battery-electric buses by Proterra.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of fare-free downtown “ZeroBus” service.
The buses from Proterra replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest-polluting TARC vehicles, the agency said.
$8.7 Million from FTA
The all-electric system – 10 buses and two charging stations – represents an investment of $11 million, “with the bulk of funding from federal and state grants,” TARC says.
The Federal Transit Administration contributed $8.7 million. Louisville Metro contributed $500,000.
“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing,” Fischer said in a release.
“Louisville is the first city in this part of the country to have a fleet of all-electric buses in operation, putting us at the leading edge of high-technology, cleaner, greener transportation,” said TARC executive director J. Barry Barker.
TARC will employ the Proterra charging scheme with the battery buses charged in-route to allow an uninterrupted, full-service work day.
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Source: TARC/Proterra with Fleets & Fuels follow-up