FTA Awards TANK $3.1 Million Grant for Low-Emission Buses


The award is part of a $1.66 billion award to transit systems across the country, funded by
the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will provide TANK necessary funds to purchase new
buses powered by hybrid-electricity.

The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is pleased to announce
the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award the agency $3.1 million in grant funds to
purchase hybrid-electric buses, as TANK replaces aging transit buses through an ongoing
fleet replacement program.

“TANK’s mission is to provide safe, reliable transit services to the people of Northern
Kentucky, while keeping abreast of technology and working to use resources in a
responsible way,” said TANK Interim General Manager Gina Douthat. “Federal funds like
these are critical in driving that mission and allowing us to continue to provide reliable and
sustainable public transportation to our community.”

The grant comes from the FTA’s Low-No program, designed to replace traditional diesel
buses with low and no emission vehicles.

This grant will provide gap funding to allow portions of TANK’s next two diesel bus orders
(14 buses) to be upgraded to hybrid-electric buses. A new bus costs approximately
$500,000 for standard diesel buses and up to nearly $800,000 for hybrid-electric buses.
TANK currently has 100 buses in its fleet; 23 of them are hybrid-electric. This funding
provides the direct benefit of introducing more fuel-efficiency into the fleet while at the same
time reducing the number of buses in circulation past their useful life


The Southbank Shuttle is Back!

TANK’s Southbank Shuttle Trolley is back! Beginning on Saturday, August 20th, the trolley buses will once again be “clang-clanging” their way through the riverfront cities of Covington, Newport and downtown Cincinnati.

In March 2020, COVID impacts forced the temporary halt of service, with operator resources a primary challenge, even after pandemic restrictions eased. After a more than two-year hiatus, TANK has brought staffing to the levels needed to bring the Trolley service back.

TANK Statement, Gina Douthat, spokesperson: “TANK’s trolleys will be back in business on August 20, just in time for the end of summer and fall fun in the riverfront cities, including Blink in October. We are very excited to bring this frequent and easy to use service back – for the hotels, entertainment venues and tourists, the Shuttle is a great way for people that don’t want to fuss with driving, navigating, and parking to enjoy all that our riverfront and downtown areas have to offer. It’s time to bring people back to our riverfront and downtown destinations!” Look for fun promotions this fall! Click HERE for the route map.

Service Characteristics:
Every 15 minutes
Weekday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Weekend: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Winter Hours (November – March)
Weekday: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weekend: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For a supply of maps for your business/group or additional information about TANK or the Southbank Shuttle Trolley, call TANK’s information line at 859/331-TANK (8265) or use the chat feature on