TARC Becomes One Of The Largest EV Bus Operators With 15 Proterras

3 months ago by Mark Kane 8

TARC has begun adding six new all-electric, zero-emission buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park, stopping at some of the city’s most popular destinations.

TARC has begun adding six new all-electric, zero-emission buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park, stopping at some of the city’s most popular destinations.

Transit Authority of River City (TARC) - Proterra electric bus

Transit Authority of River City (TARC) – Proterra electric bus

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Greater Louisville is adding six new electric buses for a total of 15 in operation.

With the addition the service is clearly one of the largest fleets of electric buses to be found in the U.S.

The electric buses in this case are also being utilized at the city’s most popular destinations, which makes them even more visible to the public.

The supplier of the buses is Proterra, which has production facility in Greenville S.C.

“TARC has begun adding six new all-electric, zero-emission buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park, stopping at some of the city’s most popular destinations. With the new buses, TARC will have a total of 15 all-electric buses on the road, making it one of the largest electric bus operators in the country.”

“The new buses, which feature a bike rack for up to three bikes, travel everyday exclusively on Route #4-Fourth Street between downtown and Iroquois Park and also on a section of the route to Strawberry Lane on weekends.  They stop at or near Museum Row downtown, the University of Louisville, Speed Museum, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, Old Louisville, restaurants, hotels, and much more.”

“The buses provide cleaner air, fuel conservation and maintenance cost savings. They replace buses that are 16 years old and have traveled more than 600,000 miles.  The harmful emissions from the old buses – more than 30,000 pounds each year into the air – will be eliminated with the electric buses.  About 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year will also be spared.”

TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker said:

“We know passengers enjoy a quiet, clean ride and it doesn’t get better than this. We encourage everyone – visitors and residents alike – to take a ride on one of these zero-emissions, modern buses, and have fun visiting top city attractions.”

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8 responses to "TARC Becomes One Of The Largest EV Bus Operators With 15 Proterras"

  1. Mister G says:

    This is impressive, the Republican majority state of Kentucky is fighting global warming with electric buses. I will be calling TARC to offer praise for doing the right thing.

    1. FFEINKY says:

      I live here in Louisville and I can assure you it has nothing to do with Republicans being on board. The Louisville city council is trying to be a bit more progressive in its image. Besides planting some trees this is the first real step the city has taken to be more green. Don’t expect the rest of the state to follow anytime soon. Kentucky won’t go quietly into the environmental friendly future without a fight. “Friends of Coal” license plates still rule the roads here.

      1. Becker says:

        Divisive rhetoric is so helpful.

        If only everything were so black and white.

        Have fun with that.

      2. Mister G says:

        Thanks for the inside scoop on Louisville, maybe you can invite a pro-coal Republican to ride proterra bus on your dime and help persuade them…tell them that coal is being used to create the electricity that powers the bus for now…but don’t tell them that in the future it will be renewable energy lol

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Yes, they are doing right thing as far you share their understanding of “right thing” – support local coal industry 😉 These buses will be powered by coal.

      “In 2015, 87% of Kentucky’s net electricity generation was produced by coal and 7% by natural gas.”
      http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=KY

  2. Phr≡d says:

    I do a Greenville & Loiusville trip every couple years, Beautiful and under-appreciated IMO.
    Cain’t wait to grab my very affordable suite and use the eBus my next trip – hope it goes to all our favorite hangs And da Downs! lol (definitely Won’t miss trying to park)

  3. Ziv says:

    China’s BYD built and sold 6,000 electric buses worldwide last year, I believe. I can’t tell if that is just the K9 or if the articulated K11 is included in that figure.
    Here is hoping Proterra can get above a couple hundred electric busses sold this year.

  4. Proton says:

    Let’s distinguish between existing electric buses with trolleys as TEV buses (as in nearby Dayton, Ohio and several other US cities) and the ones with battery power as BEV.

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