LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- TARC is investing $30 million in upgrades, $20 million dollars of it coming from the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Part of the money TARC is using for brand new buses complete with Wi-Fi, power strips to charge mobiles devices, and more. With the announcement, there is some division when it comes to why the money went to TARC.
“We have health care issues, we have education issues, I think tax payer money should go toward bigger problems,” Natasha Craig said.
“It's obviously a lot of money but I think it's a good thing. We need to have a vibrant public transportation system. A lot of cities do have it and a lot of people just don't have cars,” Pat Cooper said.
Ten million dollars came from Kentucky and $10 million from Indiana. Federal officials want to improve cross river commuting while construction goes on and into the future--so people can see the bus as a comfortable alternative.
“Leave your car in the garage and come join us,” TARC Executive Director Barry Barker said.
“I'm very excited because of the fact that it makes it easier on me. I go to school over here,” Tiffany Stivers said.
Twenty million dollars is a lot of money but when you're talking about a $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, officials say it's money that is needed to improve mass transit.
“Those 21 buses allow us to replace buses that are 15 and 16-years-old,” Barker said.
Chuck Wolfe with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet told us the states agreed with the Federal Highway Administration to give the money to TARC--saying's it's a valuable service adding to the Bridges Project's mission.
“We are very grateful that both transportation departments have done this and it really is going to help not only our cross river service but all of our services in general,” Barker said.
To those who are worried about tolling, this money was separate, and not able to lessen your toll pain. In fact, TARC is still waiting to hear if their buses will have to pay tolls.
“Every penny that we spend on tolls is a penny less that we spend on service; having a bus on the street when people want it and serving our customers,” Barker said.