TARC not only strives to provide reliable, convenience public transportation to all walks of life in the Louisville area. We also try and be good stewards of the environment, and be conscious about our effect on the air we breathe and water we drink. With that in mind, TARC has embarked upon the following initiatives:
Modernizing TARC's Fleet
Starting spring 2013, TARC will begin receiving 39 new buses that are less expensive to maintain and better for the environment than the older buses they will replace, which have each traveled more than 500,000 miles. The new buses include 11 hybrid-electric buses
and 28 clean-diesel buses featuring the latest technology for fuel conservation, maintenance cost savings and environmental benefits.
TARC's Electric Buses
By the end of 2013, TARC will be adding five fully-electric buses into circulation within its downtown trolley routes. The five trolleys, secured with a $4.4 million federal grant, will each save $10,000 annually on fuel. Zero emissions vehicles will replace the oldest trolleys downtown.
TARC’S Green Building
The TARC maintenance annex, a 14,000-square-foot building south of Union Station off 10th street, has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.
The building features green roof, a bio-swale, solar panels and a “grey water” recycling system. The building was slated for construction in 2008, but was deferred because the funds were needed to buy additional buses. Construction on the project, which was funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), began in the summer of 2009 and was completed in Fall 2010. The building cost $4.5 million to build. Click this link to learn more about TARC's Green building.
Union Station Improvements
Work is being completed during 2012 on a massive weatherization project at Union Station, TARC's headquarters. The building, which opened in 1891, is seeing every one of its 278 windows replaced, and the center's interior and exterior doors are also being restored. Union Station is also receiving new attic insulation, weather stripping and geothermal ductwork. Click here to learn more about Union Station
Fare Collection System (coming soon)
TARC is also planning a new electronic bus far collection system which will improve customer service and energy use. This system will allow customers to swipe or tap a pre-paid fare card while boarding a bus, speeding up the boarding process and reducing the time buses sit at stops waiting for customers to pay fares.
TARC is in the process of selecting a vendor for the creation and installation of new fareboxes. Expect more information in the coming months. (Oct. 2012)
Environmental Policy Statement
The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) recognizes the crucial role it has to play in improving Louisville's environmental quality of life. In keeping with its mission, TARC will explore any opportunity to enhance the environmental well being of the Greater Louisville community.
Each member of the TARC team is empowered and encouraged to be an environmental steward through the use of the following principles:
Communicate: Take every opportunity to educate the public on the benefits of transit and how riding TARC reduces pollution. Share knowledge with each other and our partners about how our work may impact the environment and how each of us can contribute to achieving our environmental goals.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Look for ways to reduce our consumption of resources (e.g., fuel, electricity, water and time), to reduce waste, to reuse materials and to recycle. Show a preference for products that reuse resources or are made from recycled materials.
Comply: Strive to exceed the environmental standards set by Federal, State and Local environmental regulatory bodies by continually improving our environmental management system and regularly reviewing our environmental objectives and targets.
* Every member of the TARC team has the right and the responsibility to assist with the implementation and maintenance of this policy.
This policy will be reviewed annually. The Executive Director and the Board of Directors of TARC must approve revisions.