LouisvilleKY’s TARC rolls out six new all-electric buses

Buses travel to major attractions between downtown and Iroquois Park


Louisville, KY., – 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.

“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-emissions, modern buses, and have fun visiting top city attractions.”

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.

Photo from TARC's Instagram page.
Photo from TARC’s Instagram page.

Barker was joined by Mayor Greg Fischer, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, and officials of Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Kentucky Derby Museum and Proterra, Inc., the bus manufacturer of Greenville S.C., to showcase the new buses near the entrance to the racetrack.

“Since coming into office in 2011, I’ve emphasized our city value of creating a healthier and more sustainable Louisville,” said Fischer.  “Efforts like this, adding these sleek, modern buses to our TARC fleet, are how we live that value, and how we bring that value to life for our citizens.”

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.

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