TARC’s LouLift is a fast-charging, all-electric bus that produces zero emissions. It’s a sleek, clean, and quiet way to get around.
These vehicles are in the spotlight as they travel to, from and around downtown, stopping frequently near work sites and popular destinations including concerts, museums, and big-time college sports events.
How do they work?
The LouLift is powered by batteries located under the bus floor. The LouLift can travel for up to two hours and fully recharge on route in less than 10 minutes.
Where can we ride them?
The LouLift travels downtown circulator routes covering Main & Market Streets, and Downtown to Churchill Downs.
Like the trolleys originally on these routes, they arrive at stops frequently, and all rides are fare-complimentary.
Museum Row – home to Louisville’s popular museums and family attractions, including the Muhammad Ali Center, Science Center, Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, 21c Museum and Hotel, Louisville Slugger Museum and more.
Downtown Business District
Downtown Business District – the heart of downtown, where you’ll find KFC YUM! Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Kentucky Center and Fourth Street Live, to highlight a few.
Historic Whiskey Row
Historic Whiskey Row – the place to go for bourbon connoisseurs. Attractions found in this neighborhood are the Old Forester Distillery, Against the Grain Brewery, Slugger Field, Angel’s Envy Distillery and more.
NULU— home of some of the best restaurants, shops and galleries in town. Discover the Hyland Glass Studio/ Gallery, Thomas Edison House, Rabbit Hole Distillery and other unique attractions.
Old Louisville – the charming, quaint neighborhood with Victorian architecture and art fairs that boasts attractions like the Old Louisville Walking Tour, Louisville Public Library and The Speed Art Museum, among others.
Churchill Downs – home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby. Be sure to grab a mint julep and stop by the Kentucky Derby Museum right next door.
How did TARC get them?
The LouLift fleet is an $11 million dollar investment in Louisville’s transportation network made possible with federal, state and local grant funding.
The LouLift can travel about 30 miles before it recharges in less than 10 minutes at a charging stop on its route. The bus pulls up to the stop where it automatically connects to an overhead, high-capacity charger. Wireless controls facilitate the docking process and eliminate driver involvement. The bus rapidly recharges while passengers load and unload and then it is on its way again.
Tailpipe emissions in pounds per year
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS)
Nitrogen Oxide (NOX)
When factoring in coal powered electricity use, the LouLift generates only a third of the overall emission of the trolleys.
Diesel Fuel Savings
$11,000 annual savings for every LouLift a total of $110,000 saved per year
$1.76 million saved over the projected 16-year life of the LouLift fleet
$20,000 annual savings for every LouLift a total of $200,000 saved per year
$2.45 million saved over the projected 16-year life of the LouLift fleet, factoring in one replacement battery unit per bus.