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TARC approves route changes for some buses, discontinues other routes

While the changes were first proposed in March, the changes won't go into effect until August.
Credit: TARC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) has approved changes to routes they say will improve the efficiency of buses around the metro.

The changes were first proposed in March.

“Work and travel patterns in Louisville have significantly changed over recent years and TARC has to be responsive to that,” TARC Executive Director Carrie Butler said. “Service changes are not made lightly, but these adjustments reflect the community’s current needs and will provide better service where it is most needed and help control costs in the face of financial challenges.” 

The changes will go into effect on Aug. 6.

These four routes will be discontinued:

  • Route17X Bardstown Road Express
  • Route 31X Middletown Express
  • Route 40X Jeffersontown Express 
  • Route 61X Plainview Express 

These six routes will be updated:

According to a press release, Route 52 was later added and replaced Route 72, which will no longer see any changes.

Several Metro Council members representing east Louisville wrote a letter to TARC when the changes were first announced, saying discontinuing routes "will harm the quality of life for many of the people who live out in our districts" and are served by TARC. 

They said their districts have seen significant growth due to the growing number of apartments and condos that represent "a greater diversity of income levels and more dependence on government services such as parks, schools and transit."

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