TARC approves three new routes expanding access to employment hubs in Kentucky and IndianaJuly 11, 2022
Federal funds connect riders to jobs on Chamberlain Lane, River Ridge, and National Turnpike-Outer Loop
The TARC Board of Directors have approved two cross-river routes (#73, #74) connecting West and East Louisville to Jeffersonville and River Ridge in Indiana, and one route (#46) serving the Outer Loop (Renaissance Business Center on Air Commerce Drive and the Preston Highway corridor) to begin service August 7, 2022.
Route 46 – National Turnpike-Outer Loop will connect Iroquois Park, National Turnpike, Outer Loop, the Renaissance Business Center, and Commerce Crossing on Preston Highway. This route will improve public transportation service to the rapidly growing employment areas along Outer Loop and Preston Highway south of the Gene Snyder. This service will improve much needed access to jobs in the South-Central Metro area and expand opportunities for further economic growth.
Route 73 – West Louisville to River Ridge will operate from the Nia Center on Broadway in West Louisville, through downtown Louisville to major employment destinations in Jeffersonville, including along the 10th Street corridor and the River Ridge Commerce Center. The proposed service will offer a faster trip to River Ridge from West Louisville. The additional trips on Route 73 will also give more flexibility in travel times for passengers riding to and from Indiana.
Route 74 – East Louisville to River Ridge will operate on the Lewis and Clark Bridge from the Westport Road area in Louisville to River Ridge in Jeffersonville. TARC does not currently operate a route from the eastern part of Jefferson County directly to Indiana.
TARC received more than $2 million through a federal CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) grant and is leveraging more than $500,000 through a local match to implement the new service over a three-year period.
“These new routes will provide better access from residential areas to existing and growing centers of employment,” said Carrie Butler, Executive Director of TARC. “They are fully funded for the next three years, and if ridership and response from the community is strong, they may become a part of permanent TARC service.”
TARC has worked closely with major employers to provide transit service in coordination with travel patterns, shift times, and employer needs. TARC will closely monitor the performance and ridership of these routes, as well as public comments, and adjust to meet major employer and community needs.