LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- TARC will be increasing service into downtown Louisville and designating five post-event boarding areas for Thunder Over Louisville on Sat., Apr. 22. The service plan for 2017 mirrors service from other recent years during Thunder.
Ten-thousand passengers are expected to take TARC for the annual show on the Ohio River. TARC is advising passengers to plan ahead and know their route number and stop locations. Yellow signs with route information will be posted on board all TARC buses, designated bus stops and shelters in upcoming days.
Passengers traveling on TARC from Southern Indiana are advised that buses on cross-river routes #71-Jeffersonville, Louisville, New Albany and #72-Clarksville will not make return trips to Indiana after Thunder due to the closure of the Clark Memorial (2nd Street) Bridge. Those two routes will also be detoured (see below) during the closure of the bridge leading up to and following the event.
Post-event boarding in downtown Louisville will be restricted to five locations, all within blocks of the waterfront. Buses will operate until 11 p.m. at those locations (see list and map below). Due to traffic, buses have limited access on downtown streets after the event. The boarding locations are designed to keep buses out of heavy traffic as much as possible and to get people home as quickly as possible.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., on the day of the fireworks, more buses will be added on routes serving downtown, improving the frequency of bus arrival times at stops and adding capacity. However, as the event draws closer, downtown routes may be delayed due to police barricades and heavy pedestrian traffic.
Regular TARC fares will apply. A one-way fare is $1.75 or 80 cents for passengers over the age of 65, riders with disabilities and ages 6-17. TARC ID is required for reduced fare. Children under the age of 5 ride free.
Easy trip planning, maps and schedules are available at www.ridetarc.org, the ‘Transit App’ (free download) or Google Maps. TARC customer service can be reached at 502-585-1234; TTY 502-213-3240.
Detours - Routes #71 - New Albany, Louisville Jeffersonville and #72 - Clarksville
The Clark Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic Thurs., Apr. 20, 9:30 a.m. – midnight; Fri., Apr. 21 and Sat., Apr. 22, all day; Sun., Apr. 23, midnight to 2 p.m.
Note: I-65 bridges (Lincoln and Kennedy) are expected to close at approximately 8 p.m. on Sat., April 22. After which, Routes #71 and #72 will no longer provide service to Louisville. However, service will continue for customers on the Indiana side.
When the bridge is closed, buses will use the following detour:
Routes #71 eastbound and #72 northbound: From Liberty, I-65 N to Court Ave. exit, right on Court to regular route.
Route #71 westbound: From Court Ave. right on Spring St., left on 10th St., I-65 S to Jefferson Street exit and regular route.
Route # 72 southbound: From Spring St., left on Court Ave, left on Wall St., left on 8th St., right on Spring St., left on 10th St., to I-65 S, Jefferson St. exit to regular route.
Locations listed and on the map below are the only downtown boarding options:
Boarding on Market, near Floyd
#15 - Market Street (to La Grange Road)
#19 - Muhammad Ali (to Oxmoor and Lyndon)
#31 – Middletown
Boarding on Liberty, near Floyd
#17 - Bardstown Road (to Fern Creek and Sebree)
#21 – Chestnut (to Bashford Avenue)
#23 – Broadway (to Jeffersontown and Breckenridge Plaza)
#40 – Taylorsville Road
#25 – Oak-Westport Crosstown
Boarding on Main west of 9th
#15 - Market Street (to Shawnee Park)
#18 – Preston (to Valley Station)
#19 - Muhammad Ali (to Park Duvall and Rockford Lane)
#21 – Chestnut (to Shawnee Park)
#23 – Broadway (to Shawnee Park)
#43 - Portland/Poplar Level (to 32nd & Portland Loop)
Boarding on 6th near Chestnut
#4 - Fourth Street (to Iroquois Park and Southland Park)
#6 - Sixth Street (via Central to Auburndale)
#63 - Crums Lane (to West Pages Lane)
Boarding on 1st at Muhammad Ali
#2 - Second Street (to Airport and UPS)
#18 – Preston (to Okolona – Outer Loop Plaza)
#43 - Portland/Poplar Level (to Fern Creek
© 2017 WHAS-TV