Enhanced Transit - Greater Louisville - TARC
TARC is investing more than $30 million to modernize the public transportation system serving Greater Louisville.
Over the next four years, TARC’s eTran program – for Enhanced Transit – will result in a more environmentally-friendly fleet, upgrades to bus stops, new Park ‘n’ TARC locations, adjustments to routes (particularly cross-river) and improved communications technology. Other major upgrades on the horizon include all-electric buses circulating in downtown Louisville and an electronic fare collection system for passengers to pay onboard with the tap of a smartcard.
The majority of the funding for eTran projects will come from a $20 million grant from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Indiana Department of Transportation, who are overseeing the Bridges Project. Many of the eTran improvements are specifically designed to reduce congestion and improve cross-river mobility during bridges construction and for years beyond.
When complete in 2017, the Bridges Project will result in two new bridges connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana—one in downtown Louisville to expand I-65’s capacity and one in the community’s east end to provide a cross-river connection for I-265.
TARC will periodically adjust routes and bus stops in response to changes in traffic flow and congestion resulting from the bridges’ construction. Riding TARC can reduce the stress of navigating the orange barrels, closed lanes and regular traffic backups during this extensive construction period.
TARC’s eTran improvements will work collectively with the new bridges to enhance transportation throughout the region. The project will improve traffic flow and safety, reduce commute times and provide benefits to the environment, as less congestion means less vehicle idling and emissions.
Click the link for more information about the Bridges Project.