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

  • From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:58:18 -0400

That may be the case but it is still a big waste of my tax dollars.  That money 
would go a long way for the federal employs who will give   furloughed military 
instillations being closed down ect. Maybe the City could put there efforts in 
obtaining federal grants for night service and restoring the level of night and 
weekend service we had four years ago or for highering more Dial A Ride drivers 
and vans to bring that service back to the level it was prior to 
decentralization of the bus system since so many disabled people are no longer 
able to use the bus system and have flocked to Para transit.  How about giving 
me your car keys for a few weeks and you use what you expect us to use.  I bet 
you would have a change of hart.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Waterman, Brian 
  To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
  Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:55 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro - It's 

  No city funds were used for the purchase of the electric busses or the 
infrastructure. It is a pilot program funded through a federal grant. If the 
pilot is successful, the new buses will help us save fuel and may help us to 
expand service.

  Sent from my iPad

  On Mar 19, 2013, at 8:44 PM, "Lynn Evans" <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

    the electric busses will be used  on the canopy  route between TCC and GSM. 

    Sent from my iPad

    On Mar 19, 2013, at 9:47 AM, "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

      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 Electric!

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

            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 

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

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

                    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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