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

  • From: "Waterman, Brian" <Brian.Waterman@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "<tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>" <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:55:07 +0000

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.

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

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

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


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I wonder how audible the electric buses are compared to the hybrid cars that 
creep around quietly
Evelyn Worley, COMS, CVRT
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Lighthouse of the Big Bend
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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.

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From: "City of Tallahassee" 
Date: March 18, 2013, 1:36:03 PM EDT
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Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro - It's Electric!

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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 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 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 

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<http://www.talgov.com/starmetro>. Other ways to view 
information include liking StarMetro's official Facebook page at 
Facebook.com/starmetrotransit<http://www.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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