Louisville TARC to Purchase Hybrid-electric Buses
's Board of Directors has agreed to purchase five 40-foot low-floor hybrid-electric buses from the Gillig Corporation.
The advanced technology vehicles are powered by a propulsion system from Allison Transmission that combines a traditional diesel engine with a clean and efficient electric motor. TARC expects to receive the buses in June 2004, with service to begin July 2004. TARC officials haven't yet determined which routes the new buses will take.
Rep. Anne Northup secured the funding for the $2.9 million purchase through a Federal Transit Administration Discretionary grant. She also secured $2 million to renovate TARC's bus storage and repair facility in the budget bill recently passed by Congress.
"These new vehicles are important for the reduction of pollution and congestion in the Louisville area," Northup said. "The buses will help ensure that commuters traveling to and from work each day have safe, reliable public transportation."
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