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TARC buses running through the snow, but drivers take it slow

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The free ZeroBuses aren't running because the cold has disabled their chargers, but TARC says they are working on a solution and diesel buses will run in their place. The free ZeroBuses aren't running because the cold has disabled their chargers, but TARC says they are working on a solution and diesel buses will run in their place.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville TARC buses are running in the snow -- but don't expect your ride to be on time.

Drivers say riders understand that when the roads are slick, safety has to be their top priority.

"It was treacherous," TARC driver Frank Stoner said. "It was pretty bad, pretty bad."

Stoner has been driving for TARC for 12 years. This week's snow storm was enough to even make a veteran like him a bit uneasy behind the wheel.

"Made me kind of nervous driving on that snow," he said.

During weather like this, Stoner said you don't have a chance to stay on schedule and on Monday, he was having to drive about 20 miles per hour.

"We don't really concentrate on staying on time when it's like this," Stoner said. "We just want to get them there safely."

He said most riders don't complain.

"They pretty much understand it's hard to drive. It's hard to stay on time in the snow," said Stoner.

He said it's also because riders depend on them and TARC buses run no matter the weather.

"You just kind of wing it and keep a safe distance behind cars," Stoner explained.

But don't expect to see the city's new zero buses on the roads. Because of the temperatures, the charging blades on the tops of the buses aren't working.

"They've sustained some icing problems we're trying to work through right now," TARC's Jon Reiter said.

Instead, the ZeroBuses are sitting in TARC's bus barn downtown waiting for new, heated blades to avoid this problem in the future.

But if you depend on a ZeroBus for your commute, TARC has provided a temporary solution.

"In their place, we're going to be operating 30 foot diesel powered buses that we typically run on the old trolley routes. They're still going to be fare free. The schedule is not changing. They'll still be out there," Reiter said.

TARC says real time technology is in the works for smartphones, but In the meantime you'll have to go to TARC's website to check for delays.

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