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TARC eTran buses to debut on two routes Monday

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From Jon Reiter, TARC

Louisville, Ky. - Riders on two TARC commuter routes will travel on five new eTran commuter buses beginning Monday, Oct. 7.

Riders on the 66x-Mt. Washington-Shepherdsville Express and the 67x-Oldham County Express, beginning Monday, will ride on the new buses, which are a major feature of TARC's eTran (Enhanced Transit) program that debuted in late September.

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The new buses feature free Wi-Fi on board, power charging stations for smartphones and other mobile devices and overhead storage. The eTran buses replace buses that are at least 15 years old and have traveled more than 500,000 miles.

They join 10 eTran buses already in service on trips traveling to downtown Louisville from Indiana. TARC was able to purchase a total of 21 new buses at a total cost of $9.5 million with funding allocated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Over the next four years, TARC's eTran program will result in a more environmentally-friendly fleet, upgrades to bus stops, new Park'n'Ride locations, adjustments to routes and improved communications technology. TARC also recently debuted a new mobile website that includes trip planning software powered by Google, mobile-friendly maps and schedules, news on rider alerts and more.

For more information, please visit www.ridetarc.org, and for more on the eTran program, visit www.ridetarc.org/etran.

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