[tabi] Re: Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro - It's Electric!

  • From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:47:00 -0400

That will be interesting,  Doubt there is much of a chance of hearing them in 
normal traffic especially if there are large loud trucks in the area.  This has 
to be the most wasteful thing the city has done in it's history.  Oh I forgot, 
maybe the city bought the electric buses for FSU and FAMU.  Can't you just see 
one of them running out of juice in the middle of Capital Circle.  

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Evelyn Worley 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:25 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro - It's 

  I wonder how audible the electric buses are compared to the hybrid cars that 
creep around quietly. 

  Evelyn Worley, COMS, CVRT
  Assistant Director
  Lighthouse of the Big Bend
  (850) 942-3658 x203
  Fax (850) 942-4518

  Lighthouse of the Big Bend "Guiding People Through Vision Loss"
  3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, Tallahassee, FL 32301

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Easy Talk 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:43 AM
    Subject: [tabi] Re: Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro - 
It's Electric!

    All I can say is if the city can spend 5 million on buses that have to be 
charged once a hour then it is going to be pretty hard for them to denigh night 
service.  That 5 million would sure go a long way for night service.

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Lynn Evans 
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:32 PM
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      Sent from my iPad

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        From: "City of Tallahassee" <City_of_Tallahassee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
        Date: March 18, 2013, 1:36:03 PM EDT
        To: <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx>
        Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro - It's Electric!

              City of Tallahassee News Release  
              Communications / City Hall / Tallahassee FL 32301 / 850.891.8533  

              StarMetro - It's Electric!
              Construction Begins on FastFill Charging Station for Electric 

              March 18, 2013

              StarMetro is one step closer to launching its brand new 
all-electric, zero-emission buses. This week, the transit agency will begin 
construction on a fast charge station at C.K. Steele Plaza. This FastFill 
charging station, manufactured by Proterra Inc., will charge the electric buses 
at the central transfer station in as little as ten minutes. 

              "When fully implemented, we will have five electric buses in 
operation, which will be the largest electric bus fleet in the nation," said 
City Commissioner Scott Maddox, who serves on the city's Long Range Planning 
Target Issue Committee. "This action, along with our commitment to compressed 
natural gas fueling, once again reflects Tallahassee as a leader in 
sustainability and in finding ways to efficiently help our citizens travel 
throughout the community. The fact that we have been awarded over $7 million in 
federal grants also shows that our work is being recognized on a national 

              Ivan Maldonado, interim executive director of StarMetro, said the 
decision to place the Proterra FastFill charging station at C.K. Steele Plaza 
will eliminate the need for the electric buses to go off line to receive a 
charge at StarMetro's main facility on Appleyard Drive.  "With the charging 
station at the plaza, the electric buses can rapidly recharge on-route as 
customers unload and board the bus."

              To recharge at the Proterra FastFill charging station, an 
electric bus simply pulls into the plaza and automatically connects with an 
overhead system that links to the bus' high-capacity charger. The charging 
station includes advanced wireless controls that facilitate the docking 
process. The wireless controls identify that the electric bus is present and 
then automatically guides and connects the bus with the charging station, free 
from coach operator involvement. 

              In order to keep customers away from the charging station, 
StarMetro will construct a wall surrounding the high-voltage area. This wall 
will feature individual block pieces that are cast with a design, and then 
installed along the wall. The design, created by artists, will depict the 
transition of nature and energy through the seasons. This design will be 
visible by motorists and StarMetro customers in the plaza. 

              Staff expects construction to be completed by July, weather 
permitting. After a month-long testing period, the fast charge station will be 
operational, and the electric buses can begin service. By the end of August, 
the electric buses should be fully operational.

              "Once our new electric buses are in service, we will be the first 
transit agency in the state of Florida and the first of the east coast to 
operate these revolutionary electric buses," said Maldonado. "We are proud to 
be on the cutting edge of technology, changing the transportation industry to 
better serve our loyal customers and keep our impact on the environment to a 

              In 2010, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded 
StarMetro over $5 million dollars of the Transit Investments for Green Gas and 
Energy Reduction (TIGGER) II grant in order to purchase three all-electric 
buses and construct a charging station. The following year, StarMetro signed a 
contract with Proterra for the production of these buses and charging station. 
Last year, FTA upped its award to StarMetro by $2 million dollars for the 
purchase of two additional electric buses. With the delivery of the two 
additional electric buses, which are currently under construction, StarMetro 
will have five all-electric buses in its fleet.

              For more information about StarMetro services, please call 
StarMetro's main office at 891-5200 or visit Talgov.com/starmetro. Other ways 
to view information include liking StarMetro's official Facebook page at 
Facebook.com/starmetrotransit or following the organization on Twitter at 

              CONTACT: Ivan Maldonado, StarMetro Interim Executive Director, 
891-5044; or Heather Teter, StarMetro Marketing Specialist, 891-5206


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