Tallahassee, FL - 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.
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