[tabi] Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Receives Additional $2 Million

  • From: Lynn Evans <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:15:13 -0400

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> From: "City of Tallahassee" <City_of_Tallahassee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: October 15, 2012, 11:14:59 AM EDT
> To: <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Receives Additional $2 
> Million
> City of Tallahassee / News Release    
> Communications / City Hall / Tallahassee FL 32301 / 850.891.8533
> StarMetro Receives Additional $2 Million
> October 15, 2012
> To Be Used for Electric Buses
> StarMetro customers may soon be getting around town using all-electric, 
> zero-emission buses. Last week, the Federal Transit Administration upped its 
> award to StarMetro for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy 
> Reduction (TIGGER) II grant by $2 million dollars. This increase gives 
> StarMetro a total of $7 million dollars to purchase five new clean, green 
> buses and to construct a charging station.
> Last year, StarMetro signed a contract with Proterra, Inc. for the production 
> of these buses.
> "As diesel fuel prices steadily increase, renewable and sustainable 
> transportation alternatives, such as the Proterra electric bus, provide a 
> transportation solution that is not only clean, but reduces fuel costs over 
> the life of the bus by as much as 80 percent," said Ron Garrison, executive 
> director of StarMetro. "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."
> StarMetro is the first transit agency in the state of Florida to offer this 
> innovative technology in its fleet and one of the first in the United States. 
> Only two other transit agencies in the country offer these types of buses.
> "With the addition of these brand new all-electric, zero emission buses, 
> StarMetro customers will be the first on the east coast to experience this 
> revolutionary technology," said Mayor John Marks. "We can all be proud that 
> Tallahassee is number one when it comes to sustainability and innovation."
> StarMetro expects to have its first all-electric bus in service next spring.
> 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 Information
> Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Manager, 891-5564; or Heather Teter, 
> StarMetro Marketing Specialist, 891-5206

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