TARC now has 15 electric buses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2016) — Transit Authority of River City (TARC) has begun adding six new all-electric, zero-emission buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park in Louisville. 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.
“We know passengers enjoy a quiet, clean ride and it doesn’t get better than this,” said J. Barry Barker, executive director of TARC. “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.”
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.