[tabi] Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Signs Contract with All-Electric Bus Vendor

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 20:03:04 -0400

Will we be able to hear this bus as it comes down the road? 
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From: City of Tallahassee 
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Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 1:41 PM
Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Signs Contract with 
All-Electric Bus Vendor

      StarMetro Signs Contract with All-Electric Bus Vendor

      StarMetro, the City's mass transit provider, is one step closer to making 
its fleet more environmentally friendly. StarMetro signed a contract with 
Proterra Inc. for the construction of three brand new, zero emission, 
all-electric buses and a charging station.

      "By replacing three of our diesel transit buses with all-electric buses, 
StarMetro would realize the elimination of almost 260 tons of carbon dioxide 
annually," said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. "StarMetro is 
dedicated to exploring and providing new, green technologies for the citizens 
of Tallahassee, and these all-electric buses are an integral part of that 

      Last year, the Federal Transit Administration awarded StarMetro over $5 
million dollars in monies from the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and 
Energy Reduction (TIGGER) II grant to pursue all-electric buses.

      "We hope to have these new buses on the streets serving our customers in 
the spring of 2012," Garrison said.

      Proterra Incorporated developed and has deployed the world's first 
battery electric transit bus that can charge to full power in under ten 
minutes. Its first fleet is in operation at Foothill Transit in Pomona, Calif. 
The next two locations where its electric buses will become operational are San 
Antonio, Texas, and Tallahassee.

      "We are thrilled to be working with StarMetro on this deployment," said 
Marc Gottschalk, chief business development officer for Proterra. "They are on 
the leading edge of transit agencies who recognize that battery electric buses 
are the best option to combat unpredictable fossil fuel prices while providing 
passengers a clean, quiet ride to their destination."

      For more information, please contact StarMetro at 891-5200 or visit 
Talgov.com/starmetro. Other ways to view information include liking StarMetro's 
official Facebook page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit and following 
StarMetro's official Twitter page at Twitter.com/ridestarmetro.

      Contact: Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Administrator, 891-5564; or 
Heather Teter, StarMetro Marketing Specialist, 891-5206
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