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

  • From: Erica <ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:49:35 -0400 (EDT)

What is unsaid: There go the 40 minute headways for routes A through F.
Also, I plan to wear rubber-soled shoes for the first month or so....

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From: Easy Talk &lt;Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx&gt;
Subject: [tabi] Re: Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro - It's 

          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 
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   From:    Lynn    Evans 
Subject: [tabi] Fwd: City of Tallahassee    News Release - StarMetro - It's 

        From: "City of Tallahassee" &lt;City_of_Tallahassee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx&gt;
Date:      March 18, 2013, 1:36:03 PM EDT
To: &lt;austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx&gt;
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 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      
           "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 level."?            
           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           
           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 minimum."
           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 Twitter.com/ridestarmetro.
           CONTACT: Ivan Maldonado, StarMetro Interim            Executive 
Director, 891-5044; or Heather Teter, StarMetro Marketing            
Specialist, 891-5206

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