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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- TARC unveils a whole new way to ride the bus with $30 million in investments.
The new buses are called commuter coaches. The state-of-the-art TARC buses have free Wifi, outlets for plugging in your smart phones or other electronic devices, overhead storage and seating for 40.
TARC Board Chairman Cedric Powell says, "Instead of sitting frustrated in traffic, people riding these buses can relax and be productive while TARC does the driving. Other upgrades on the way with Bridges funding include 12 new TARC3 vehicles that provide service for people with disabilities."
Dennis Hayes has been a TARC employee for 8 years and is excited to be getting one of these buses. He says, "We've got more window glass, mirrors are located higher, so visibility will be improved."
TARC is investing $30 million through 2017 to modernize its fleet. Of that investment, $20 million came from the Ohio River Bridges Project.
The new buses will replace buses that are at least 15 years old and have traveled more than 500-thousand miles. They'll be used on cross-river routes linking Louisville and Southern Indiana and some express routes.
Hayes says, "It's fantastic. It's the best thing since sliced bread."
Expect to see 10 of the buses operating on Tuesday with another 11 hitting the road next month.