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TARC proposes route changes, increased service

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TARC is proposing changes to two of its routes -- the #4 Fourth Street and #18 Preston-18th lines -- it says will improve service in and near downtown Louisville.  If approved, the changes would take effect in January.  On Wednesday, bus riders were giving their input to TARC on those changes.

The #4 route, which currently runs along the west side of U of L's Belknap campus, would change its route at Fifth And Liberty Streets to loop around the east side of the medical center.  It would not longer go north of East Jefferson to West Main.

The #18 route would head west at Eastern Parkway, then to Floyd Street, also along the east side of Belknap Campus.

TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker said in a news release, "With these changes, there will be more public transportation linking South Louisville, downtown, the University of Louisville's Belknap campus and the Louisville Medical Center."

TARC also wants to increase bus service on the #18 route, along with the #23 Broadway route, which also goes along Bardstown Road.  The bus company says those two routes carry about 20 percent of its 49,000 daily trips.  A federal grant would provide the $1 million that would let TARC increase service during rush hours.

 For details on these changes, plus many others TARC wishes to make, click here.

The TARC hearings continue until 1 p.m. Wednesday and from 5:30 to 6:30 at Swiss Hall.

Another hearing will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Metro Development Center and from 5:30-7p.m. at TARC on West Broadway.

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