- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville officials plan to phase out the oldtime-looking trolleys that are a staple of downtown in favor of all-electric buses.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1w4dont ) reports the all-electric buses, called ZeroBuses, produce zero emissions. The new buses will be featured mainly on the city’s downtown trolley routes. ZeroBuses will be free to ride, as the trolleys have been.

J. Barry Barker, executive director of the Transit Authority of River City, says the first ZeroBus has arrived and will soon be operating.

Barker says nine more of the small coaches are due to be delivered by year’s end.

The buses cost about $990,000 each and are being provided by Proterra Inc. of Greenville, South Carolina.

Barker says a combination of federal and state grants is covering about 80 percent of the cost of the 10 coaches.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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