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TRI to Host Seminar on Electric Bus Project

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The KU Transportation Research Institute will host "The Chattanooga Electric Bus Experiment" a seminar presented by John Powell, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Spahr Engineering Classroom, 2 Eaton Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Powell is executive director of Advanced Transportation Technology Institute, a nonprofit institute dedicated to increasing the use of electric and hybrid-electric buses through research, communication and demonstrations. Among his achievements, Powell managed the largest operation of electric vehicles ever assembled during the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., in 1996. During the 33-day event, more than 3.5 million passenger trips occurred on electric vehicles. Prior to that project, Powell was an employee of Ryder/ATE management; general manager of the Worcester Area Transportation Company and the Worcester Van Express in Worcester, Mass. His 32 years of public transportation experience also include stops in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit and Norwich, Conn.

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