The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), which serves the Greater Louisville area, has begun deploying six new Proterra electric buses on a route that serves popular destinations including Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum and the University of Louisville.
With the new buses, TARC will have a total of 15 Proterra e-buses on the road.
The authority invested $4.65 million in the new buses, $3.3 million of which came from a grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission Vehicles Program.
The e-buses will replace legacy buses that are 16 years old, and are expected to save 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 30,000 pounds of air pollutants per year.
“We know passengers enjoy a quiet, clean ride and it doesn’t get better than this,” said TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker. “We encourage everyone – visitors and residents alike – to take a ride on one of these zero-emission modern buses, and have fun visiting top city attractions.”