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TARC Awarded $17.3 Million Investment from USDOT through FTA to Upgrade Fleet

TARC Awarded $17.3 Million Investment from USDOT through FTA to Upgrade Fleet

Louisville, KY (November 20, 2019) – The Transit Authority of River City has received a substantial investment of $17.3 million from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). TARC plans to use the federal funding to upgrade an aging fleet with new, more fuel-efficient buses.

This is great news for TARC and the Greater Louisville region we serve,” said Ferdinand L. Risco Jr., TARC Executive Director. “This significant investment increases the ability of our organization to connect employees to jobs, students to class, and is a direct indication TARC and the city of Louisville are supported in the direction we’re taking to provide the next generation of innovative mobility for our customers.”

Thanks to the award, TARC will be able to replace 40 of its buses which are past their useful life, reducing the number of buses needing to be replaced from 31% to 13% of its total fleet. The grant will improve the ability of TARC to deliver safe, efficient, and reliable mobility options that continue to support the organizations $221 million annual economic impact across the region.

TARC would like to thank the many supporters who helped secure this grant including the entire delegations of the US House and US Senate, and specifically Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, Representative John Yarmuth, Representative Brett Guthrie, Representative Thomas Massie, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

For 45 years, TARC has been performing an important function for our city by providing transportation options that help give people access to opportunities to reach their full human potential,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “I applaud the USDOT, FTA and the many partners who made this investment possible and look forward to continuing our commitment to sustainability with a new, fuel-efficient fleet.”

Public transportation increases access and opportunity, saves money, reduces congestion, and cuts air pollution,” said Congressman John Yarmuth. “That is why I am so proud to join with TARC in announcing $17.3 million to replace much of its aging fleet with more reliable and fuel-efficient buses. This kind of serious federal investment in public transit will benefit riders and Metro Louisville for years to come.”

 

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