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TARC Launches All-Electric Fleet for Downtown Shuttle Service

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY, recently upgraded its free ZeroBus downtown shuttle service by replacing its diesel-powered trolley-replica buses with all-electric, zero-emission buses from Proterra.

“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.

Ryan Popple, president and CEO of Proterra Inc., added, “As an American technology company … we’re especially proud to see this newest fleet of Proterra vehicles providing high-performance, zero-emission service in Louisville. We are pleased that Proterra could share in your city’s vision to promote a sustainable, cost-effective transit solution protecting the environment for generations to come.”

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Barker, Popple and local officials at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the introduction of the vehicles to service in downtown Louisville.

“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Fischer, who also joined Barker and others on the maiden ZeroBus trip.

Funding for the $11 million system, with 10 buses and two charging stations, included $8.7 million from the federal government and $500,000 from Louisville Metro Government.

The ZeroBus can recharge in just a few minutes along the route while passengers load and unload at a charging stop. Each time the vehicle pulls up to a charging stop, it automatically connects to an overhead, high-capacity charger. 


Introducing Proterra's all-electric buses to ZeroBus service in downtown Louisville are, from left, TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker, Proterra President and CEO Ryan Popple and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. 

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